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Empathy in mental health nursing: learned, acquired or lost?

Kane, Graham M; Snowden, Austyn; Martin, Colin R


Graham M Kane

Colin R Martin


Empathy is a key dimension within the philosophical architecture of everyday mental health nursing practice. Surprisingly, there have been few investigations on this important psychological domain in mental health practitioners. This investigation sought to determine the relationship between empathy and gender, length of service and area of work in mental health nurses (n = 124) in Scotland. A significant difference in gender was observed with females being more empathetic than males. No other significant differences were observed. The findings, implications for practice and directions for future research are discussed.


Kane, G. M., Snowden, A., & Martin, C. R. (2013). Empathy in mental health nursing: learned, acquired or lost?. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2, 28-36.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2015
Print ISSN 2049-5919
Electronic ISSN 2052-496X
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 28-36
Keywords Empathy; mental health nursing practice; gender;
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