Ethnocultural Empathy Among Students in Health Care Education
2009 (English)In: Evaluation & the Health Professions, ISSN 0163-2787, E-ISSN 1552-3918, Vol. 32, no 3, 300-313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In a multicultural society, ethnocultural empathy has become an important element in most health settings and development of this capacity has become a central component for health care professionals in their interactions with patients and clients. In this study, differences in basic empathy and ethnocultural empathy were explored in a sample of 365 undergraduate students at the beginning and end of four masters programs in health care ( medicine, psychology, nursing, and social work). Results showed that it was mainly psychology students in the first semester who had significantly higher general empathic skills and ethnocultural empathic skills compared to students in the other study programs. Few signs of differences between students in their first and in later semesters were obtained. The observed differences may be explained by ( a) levels of admission grades and applications requirements or (b) different cultures and expectations from the surrounding milieus in the investigated study programs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 32, no 3, 300-313 p.
Empathy, health care, culture, ethnocultural empathy, education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20603DOI: 10.1177/0163278709338569OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20603DiVA: diva2:235528
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in: EVALUATION and THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS, (32), 3, 300-313, 2009. Chato Rasoal, Tomas Jungert, Elinor Edvardsson Stiwne and Gerhard Andersson, Ethnocultural Empathy Among Students in Health Care Education http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163278709338569 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/2009-09-162009-09-152014-11-28Bibliographically approved