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Article: Caring helps: Trait empathy is related to better coping strategies and differs in the poor versus the rich

TitleCaring helps: Trait empathy is related to better coping strategies and differs in the poor versus the rich
Authors
Keywordsadult
coping behavior
DNA polymorphism
empathy
female
Issue Date2019
PublisherPublic Library of Science. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.plosone.org/home.action
Citation
PLoS One, 2019, v. 14 n. 3, p. article no. e0213142 How to Cite?
AbstractCoping has been extensively studied in health psychology; however, factors influencing the usage of different coping strategies have received limited attention. In five studies (N = 3702), we explored the relationship between trait empathy and coping strategies, and how subjective socioeconomic status (SES) moderates this relationship. In Studies 1–4, we found that people with higher level of empathic concern use more adaptive coping strategies, seek more social support, and use fewer maladaptive coping strategies. Moreover, higher trait empathy related to more adaptive coping strategies among the poor, and fewer maladaptive coping strategies among the rich. In Study 5, we tested the potential biological basis of the relationship between trait empathy and coping by examining the effect of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) rs53576 polymorphism on coping. We found that individuals with the GG phenotype—who in previous research have been found to be more empathic—were more likely to seek social support than AG or AA individuals. Furthermore, in line with findings in Studies 1–4, amongst people with low SES, individuals with GG genotype used more adaptive coping strategies than AG or AA individuals. Our results highlight the selective role trait empathy plays in influencing coping strategy deployment, depending on the SES of individuals.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278648
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2019 Impact Factor: 2.74
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.395
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dc.contributor.authorSun, R-
dc.contributor.authorVuillier, L-
dc.contributor.authorHui, BPH-
dc.contributor.authorKogan, A-
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-21T02:11:27Z-
dc.date.available2019-10-21T02:11:27Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationPLoS One, 2019, v. 14 n. 3, p. article no. e0213142-
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278648-
dc.description.abstractCoping has been extensively studied in health psychology; however, factors influencing the usage of different coping strategies have received limited attention. In five studies (N = 3702), we explored the relationship between trait empathy and coping strategies, and how subjective socioeconomic status (SES) moderates this relationship. In Studies 1–4, we found that people with higher level of empathic concern use more adaptive coping strategies, seek more social support, and use fewer maladaptive coping strategies. Moreover, higher trait empathy related to more adaptive coping strategies among the poor, and fewer maladaptive coping strategies among the rich. In Study 5, we tested the potential biological basis of the relationship between trait empathy and coping by examining the effect of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) rs53576 polymorphism on coping. We found that individuals with the GG phenotype—who in previous research have been found to be more empathic—were more likely to seek social support than AG or AA individuals. Furthermore, in line with findings in Studies 1–4, amongst people with low SES, individuals with GG genotype used more adaptive coping strategies than AG or AA individuals. Our results highlight the selective role trait empathy plays in influencing coping strategy deployment, depending on the SES of individuals.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.plosone.org/home.action-
dc.relation.ispartofPLoS One-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectadult-
dc.subjectcoping behavior-
dc.subjectDNA polymorphism-
dc.subjectempathy-
dc.subjectfemale-
dc.titleCaring helps: Trait empathy is related to better coping strategies and differs in the poor versus the rich-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHui, BPH: bryant09@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHui, BPH=rp02495-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0213142-
dc.identifier.pmid30917144-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC6436718-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85063581911-
dc.identifier.hkuros307627-
dc.identifier.volume14-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. e0213142-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. e0213142-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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