Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour among Early Adolescents in Ireland

 

This research study was funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC), under the research of national societal importance scheme. This study aims to generate empirical evidence regarding the values and experiences of youth in Ireland towards a range of issues which reflect a sense of social responsibility towards others, including an analysis of factors that influence the development of social values and empathy. It also aims to review the degree to which national policy and curriculum supports the promotion of such values. Three reports and one journal article have been published based on the study findings, all of which can be accessed below. A summary of the overall findings of the study is provided in the Composite Report and accompanying youth friendly summary report:

Silke, C., Boylan, C., Brady, B., & Dolan, P. (2019). ‘Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour among Early Adolescents in Ireland: Composite Report.’ Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

Silke, C., Brady, B., Boylan, C., & Dolan, P. (2019). Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour among Early Adolescents in Ireland: Scientific Report ‌ Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

Boylan, C., Brady, B., Silke, C, Dolan, P. (2019). Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour among Early Adolescents in Ireland: Policy and Curriculum Review and Key Informant Findings‌. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

 Silke, C, Brady, B, Boylan, C, & Dolan, P. (2018). Factors influencing the development of empathy and pro-social behaviour among adolescents: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 94, 421-436. This paper is available open access here:  https://aran.library.nuigalway.ie/handle/10379/14917

Media Coverage 

Pictured at the research launch are ‘ l-r: Professor Pat Dolan (UCFRC Director), Dr Charlotte Silke (Researcher), Cillian Murphy (Actor and UCFRC Patron), Dr Bernadine Brady (Principal Investigator), Dr Ciara Boylan (Researcher) and Mr Peter Brown, (Director, Irish Research Council). Photo: Jason Clarke Photography

NUI Galway Study on Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour Among Early Adolescents in Ireland Monday, 25 February 2019 - NUI Galway News and Events 

Irish Examiner Tuesday, Feburary 26th 2019 - Irish Examiner 

 
A short video summary of the research findings by our Youth Researchers can be found here:
 
 
 

Study on empathy; some key findings