A Study of Relationship between Empathy and Conflict Resolution

Author: Muhamad Naeem
Supervisor: Dr. Naumana Amjad
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2007-2009
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present study investigated role of empathy in resolution within the context of adolescent same-sex friendship relation. Two questions were formulated, is empathy related to various conflict resolution styles differently? And is there a gender difference in empathy and conflict resolution styles used in adolescent same-sex friendship context. By using non probability purposive sampling technique sample of 100 adolescents (50 males, 50 females) from bachelor programs of institutes (institute of Business Administration (n=25), Institute of Communication studies (n=25) and Institute of an Administrative sciences (n=25) and Department of Applied Psychology (n=25) of University of the Punjab, Lahore was drawn. Each subject was administered Thomas-Kilmann Conflict MODE Instrument (TKI) and Bryant’s (1982) Index of Empathy for children and Adolescents (IECA) individually. Data was analyzed using Correlation analysis and Independent sample t-test. Analysis revealed that empathy is significantly related to compromising conflict resolution style pand accommodating conflict resolution style. There was no significant difference between males and females on conflict resolution style. However, there was a significant difference in the empathy of males and females. Findings are discussed in view of previous researches and implications.
Keywords: Relationship, Empathy, Conflict, Resolution.
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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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