Gender Differences in Empathy among Medical Professionals

Author: Saliha Abid

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2007-2009

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


The present study was conducted to investigate the gender differences in empathy among medical professionals. It was hypothesized that there are gender differences in empathy among medical professionals. The sample of (N= 100) medical professionals for this study was obtained from Mayo hospital, Sheikh Zayed hospital and Services hospital Lahore, by using the random sampling strategy. Empathy quotient scale by Cohen (1998) was used for the assessment of the participants after obtaining the due permission from the author. Independent sample t-test was used to analyze the data. Results proved that there are significant differences in empathy among medical professionals on the basis of gender, age, marital status and specialization. The results were compared with the western researches and its findings can be implemented in the Pakistani society

Keywords: Gender Differences, Empathy, Medical Professionals, Marital status, Specialization

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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