Reliability, validity, and factorial structure of the Turkish version of the Empathy Quotient (Turkish EQ)

KÖSE A., Celikel F. C., Kulacaoglu F., Akin E., Yalcin M., Ceylan V.

PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, vol.28, no.3, pp.300-305, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


OBJECTIVES: Empathy is an essential ability that allows us to tune into how others are feeling or thinking. Empathy makes it possible to resonate with others' positive and negative feelings alike so that we can thus feel happy when we vicariously share the joy of others and we can share the experience of suffering when we empathize with someone in pain. Empathy training not only promotes prosocial behaviour, but also augments positive affect and resilience, which in turn fosters better coping with stressful situations. The Empathy Quotient (EQ) is a self-report questionnaire that was developed to measure the cognitive, affective, and behavioural aspects of empathy. Here, we aimed to examine the validity, reliability, and factor structure of the EQ in a Turkish sample.