Empathy, Self-Efficacy and Pro-Social Behavior in College Students

Author: Muhammad Imran

Supervisor: Afsheen Masood, Ph.D

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship among
empathy, self-efficacy and pro-social behavior in college students. It was
hypothesized that there was likely to be a relationship between empathy,
self-efficacy and pro-social behavior in college students. The sample
consisted of (N = 120) college students both males and females. Cross
sectional research design was used. Four scales were used demographical
information sheet, Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) (Davis, 1983), The
Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE) (Schwarzer, 1992) and Pro- social
Tendencies Measure (PTM) (Gustavo & Brandy, 2001) in their original
form. Pearson Product Moment correlation was used to find out the
relationship between study variables. Independent sample t-test was
employed to find out the gender differences in male and female students.
One way ANOVA was also employed as an additional analysis to check
out the parental educational effect on the empathy, self-efficacy and pro social behavior of college students. The results revealed that there was
significant positive correlation between empathy, self-efficacy and prosocial behavior in college students. The gender, age and educated parental
status emerged as strong predictor for pro-social behaviors and

Keywords: Empathy, Self-Efficacy, Pro-Social.

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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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