Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

When Empathy Matters: The Role of Sex and Empathy in Close Friendships

When Empathy Matters: The Role of Sex and Empathy in Close Friendships is a recent paper by IPPE’s Professor Joseph Ciarrochi.

The paper examined the influence of empathy on both same and opposite-sex teenage friendships. The study revealed that girls are more likely to become close friends with boys who show greater empathy — while empathy doesn’t seem to matter to boys when selecting their female friends.

This paper was recently featured in The Daily Mail. For the full article please follow this link.

The paper was also featured on  mic.com, a website which highlights content that is creating social media chatter.

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