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Adolescent Measure of Empathy & Sympathy (AMES)

Description

The Adolescent Measure of Empathy and Sympathy (AMES) is a 12 item measure using a 5-point Likert scale. The AMES measures three constructs: 1) affective empathy, 2) cognitive empathy and 3) sympathy. Reliability and validity of the AMES are discussed in the article referenced below.

Location

Vossen, H.G.M., Piotrowski, J.T., Valkenburg, P.M. (2015). Development and Validation of the Adolescent Measure of Empathy and Sympathy (AMES). Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 66-71.

Instruction

“We are going to ask you some questions about what you are like and how you normally behave”. (Response categories: never, almost never, sometimes, often, always)

For each statement, please indicate how often this occurs...

1.  I can easily tell how others are feeling.

2.  I feel sorry for a friend who feels sad.

3.  I can often understand how people are feeling even before they tell me.

4.  I feel sorry for someone who is treated unfairly.

5.  When a friend is angry, I feel angry too.

6.  I am concerned for animals that are hurt.

7.  When my friend is sad, I become sad too.

8.  I can tell when a friend is angry even if he/she tries to hide it.

9.   When a friend is scared, I feel afraid.

10. I can tell when someone acts happy, when they actually are not.

11. I feel concerned for other people who are sick.

12. When people around me are nervous, I become nervous too

 

An affective empathy score is established by averaging items 5, 7, 9 and 12.  

A cognitive empathy score is established by averaging items 1, 3, 8 and 10.

A sympathy score is established by averaging items 2, 4, 6 and 11.