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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 125-129

Empathy and personality traits as predictors of adjustment in Indian youth

Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Defence Research and Development Organization, Delhi, India

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Yashwant K Nagle
Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Defence Research and Development Organization, Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.119608

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Background: Although adjustment has been studied in relation with a host of variables, the relevance of empathy and its importance in the process of adjustment has received little attention. It is a well-known fact that personality plays a very important role in our interactions and dealings and also that empathy facilitates this process. Settings and Design: This study evaluated whether these two things combined together affect or predict adjustment. A random sample of 52 young male adults volunteered for this study. Materials and Methods: These 52 male participants filled up questionnaires related to personality (The Jackson Personality Inventory), empathy. The Empathy Quotient) and adjustment (Bell adjustment inventory). Analysis and Results: The data were analyzed using correlation and regression analysis. Personality traits like interpersonal affect, conformity facilitated the process of adjustment, whereas traits like anxiety worked in the opposite direction. Empathy also emerged as a significant contributor to the social adjustment. Conclusions: Results showed that both empathy and personality traits accounted for unique variance in adjustment. Results are discussed in terms of empathy, personality traits and their role in adjustment.

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