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Human Studies

2020 Dec 11

J Pediatr Psychol

The Socialization of Young Children’s Empathy for Pain: The Role of Mother- and Father-Child Reminiscing.


Pavlova M, Graham SA, Peterson C, Lund T, Kennedy M, Nania C, Noel M
J Pediatr Psychol. 2020 Dec 11.
PMID: 33306792.


Empathy for pain allows one to recognize, understand, and respond to another person's pain in a prosocial manner. Young children develop empathy for pain later than empathy for other negative emotions (e.g., sadness), which may be due to social learning. How parents reminisce with children about past painful events has been linked to children's pain cognitions (e.g., memory) and broader socioemotional development. The present study examined how parent-child reminiscing about pain may be linked to children's empathic behaviors toward another person's pain.