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Title: Employed carers' empathy towards people with learning disabilities
Author: Mellows, K. L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 3704
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2012
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Section A presents the hypothesis that attachment representations determine individuals’ capacities for empathy, which is necessary for sensitive and responsive caregiving. It reviews the evidence pertaining to whether this hypothesis applies within the context of employed caregivers caring for adults with learning disabilities. The evidence is considered in a stepwise fashion, based on four literature searches. The paper concludes by considering the implications of this literature for clinical practice and future research. Section B is an empirical research paper which describes the development of a new questionnaire aiming to measure employed carers’ empathy towards people with learning disabilities. It describes how investigation of the questionnaire’s factor structure illuminated the salient processes that may influence empathy in this specific relational context. It presents evidence of the questionnaire’s construct validity, internal reliability and test-retest reliability. The results are linked to existing literature and recommendations for clinical practice are made. Limitations of the study and directions for future research are considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF0176 Psychological tests and testing ; HM1106 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior ; HV1551 People with disabilities