Evaluation of nursing students' empathic tendencies

Introduction Aim: Empathy is the study of understanding the feelings of the person by placing himself/herself in another's shoes. This study was planned to evaluate the empathic tendencies of nursing students. Method: This study is a descriptive study. 216 nursing students studying in ArtvinÇoruh University Health High School formed the sample of the study. "Sociodemographic characteristics form" and "Empathic Tendency Scale" were used as a data collection tool. Findings: The average age of the sample was 20.57, and empathic tendencies did not vary according to age group (p>0.05). Although females had higher tendencies than males, the difference was not significant (p>0.05). The empathic tendencies of 3rd and 2nd grade students were higher than other grades but the difference was not significant (p>0.05). Students were regular high school graduates (52.8%), medical vocational high schoolgraduates (11.6%) and other high school graduates (35.6%), there was no difference between the groups (p>0.05). The majority of the sample (46.8%) lived in cities, however, their empathic tendencies did not vary significantly according to place of living (p>0.05).Although the empathic tendency point average of students with nuclear families (68.486) was higher than the average of students with extended family (67.342), there was no significant difference between these two groups (p>0.05). The majority of families of the students (81.5%) were from middle income group, 14.4% of them were from low income group and 4.2% of them were from high income group, and the empathic tendency point averages of these groups were significantly different from each other (p<0.05). Educational statuses of fathers and mothers were, respectively, primary school, secondary school and higher education, and the empathic tendencies of both fathers and mothers did not vary according to educational status (p>0.05). Result: It was observed that the empathic tendencies of the students did not vary according to variables such as age, gender, grade, place of living, graduated high school, family type, family income level and the educational statuses of father and mother. It was observed that students with middle and high family income levels had higher points than the students with low family income levels.

Author: 
Yalçın Kanbay, Özgür Aslan and Elif Işık
Journal Name: 
Int J Inf Res Rev
Volume No: 
02
Issue No: 
10
Year: 
2015
Paper Number: 
0603
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