Fiction Reading and Empathy Capacity of Selected Filipino Adolescents and Young Adults

10.22492.ijpbs.7.1.02

 

Authors:
Kathleen Denise H. Ubaldo, University of the Philippines Los Baños Laguna, Philippines
Marison Felicidad R. Dy, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
Email: [email protected]
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijpbs.7.1.02

Citation: Ubaldo, K. D. H., & Dy, M. F. R. (2021). Fiction Reading and Empathy Capacity of Selected Filipino Adolescents and Young Adults. IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijpbs.7.1.02


Abstract

This study aimed to discover if adolescents’ and young adults’ empathy capacity is higher when they engage more in fiction reading. A total of 301 students, aged 16-22, completed a self-administered questionnaire. More than half (56%) of the respondents consider reading as a hobby with books as the preferred reading material. Around 38% have moderate fiction reading scores and around 77% have high empathy capacity scores. Findings showed that the older the respondent is, the less likely they would read fiction and the lower their empathy level. Females are more likely to read fiction and are more empathic than males. Also, results revealed that the more the individual reads fiction, the more empathic they can become. Home and school interventions can be created to increase opportunities and desire for reading fiction and enhancing empathy capacity.

Keywords

adolescents, empathy, fiction reading, young adults