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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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FORMIGA, Nilton S.. An intracultural study of the structural consistency of the multidimensional scale of interpersonal reactivity (EMRI). Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.3, pp.251-262. ISSN 0718-7475.

This study aims to verify the internal and structural consistency and of the empathy scale in four Brazilian states. Of the various instruments that assess empathy, the Davis Multi-Dimensional Scale of Interpersonal Reactivity (EMRI) stands out. It has an organized theoretical body as well as an operationalized instrument which measures the construct of empathy, and it has been found to be reliable and very well organized. The sample group consisted of 899 male and female subjects between the ages of 14 and 61 years old. All the subjects attended private and public primary, secondary, and college level educational institutions in the cities of João Pessoa-PB, Uberlândia-MG, Seropédica-RJ and Natal-RN. The subjects answered the Multidimensional Scale of Interpersonal Reactivity and socio-demographic data. Using equation analysis and structural modeling, ipsychometric indicators were observed in all samples. These indicators ensure the structural consistency of the Scale of Interpersonal Reactivity (EMRI) as measured by four factors, thus demonstrating assured empirical consistency when used with Brazilians.

Keywords : Empathy; structural modeling; consistency.

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