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Title: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Role of Empathy during COVID-19’s First Wave
Authors: Butovskaya, Marina L.
Burkova, Valentina N.
Randall, Ashley K. 
Donato, Silvia 
Fedenok, Julija N.
Hocker, Lauren
Kline, Kai M.
Ahmadi, Khodabakhsh 
Alghraibeh, Ahmad M.
Allami, Fathil Bakir Mutsher
Alpaslan, Fadime Suata
Al-Zu’bi, Mohammad Ahmad Abdelaziz
Biçer, Derya Fatma
Cetinkaya, Hakan 
David, Oana Alexandra
Dural, Seda 
Erickson, Paige
Ermakov, Alexey M.
Ertuğrul, Berna
Fayankinnu, Emmanuel Abiodun
Fisher, Maryanne L.
Hromatko, Ivana 
Kasparova, Elena
Kavina, Alexander
Khun-Inkeeree, Hareesol
Koç, Fırat 
Kolodkin, Vladimir
MacEacheron, Melanie
Maruf, Irma Rachmawati
Mesko, Norbert 
Mkrtchyan, Ruzan
Nurisnaeny, Poppy Setiawati
Ojedokun, Oluyinka 
Adebayo, Damilola
Omar-Fauzee, Mohd S. B. 
Özener, Barış 
Ponciano, Edna Lúcia Tinoco 
Popov, Igor V.
Rizwan, Muhammad 
Sabiniewicz, Agnieszka
Spodina, Victoriya I.
Stoyanova, Stanislava 
Tripathi, Nachiketa 
Upadhyay, Satwik
Weisfeld, Carol
Yaakob, Mohd Faiz Mohd
Yusof, Mat Rahimi
Zinurova, Raushaniia I.
Keywords: COVID-19; Empathy; Interpersonal Reactivity Index;; Individualism; Power Distance; Human Development Index; Infectious Disease Vulnerability Index; Cross-cultural
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: MDPI
Serial title, monograph or event: Sustainability
Volume: 13
Issue: 13
Place of publication or event: Basel
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout the world, and concerns about psychological, social, and economic consequences are growing rapidly. Individuals’ empathy-based reactions towards others may be an important resilience factor in the face of COVID-19. Self-report data from 15,375 participants across 23 countries were collected from May to August 2020 during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, this study examined different facets of empathy—Perspective-Taking, Empathic Concern, and Personal Distress, and their association with cross-cultural ratings on Individualism, Power Distance, The Human Development Index, Social Support Ranking, and the Infectious Disease Vulnerability Index, as well as the currently confirmed number of cases of COVID-19 at the time of data collection. The highest ratings on Perspective-Taking were obtained for USA, Brazil, Italy, Croatia, and Armenia (from maximum to minimum); on Empathetic Concern, for the USA, Brazil, Hungary, Italy, and Indonesia; and on Personal Distress, from Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Armenia, Indonesia. Results also present associations between demographic factors and empathy across countries. Limitations and future directions are presented.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su13137431
Rights: openAccess
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