The present review examined the association between parents’ empathy and the quality of child-parent attachment relationships. A systematic search yielded five published empirical studies, including nine effect sizes. A three-level meta-analysis yielded a significant, moderate, and positive association of r =. 27 between empathy of the parent and children’s attachment security. It was concluded that parental empathy is significantly related to child attachment security. The magnitude of the effect size is comparable to the effect sizes found in meta-analyses on the relation between parental sensitivity, parental mentalisation, and child attachment security. Future studies should investigate the relation between parents’ (cognitive and affective) empathy, their internal working models of attachment, and their child’s attachment security.
|Title of host publication||Empathy versus Offending, Aggression and Bullying|
|Subtitle of host publication||Advancing Knowledge using the Basic Empathy Scale|
|Editors||Darrick Jolliffe, David P. Farrington|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Mar 2021|