Empathy and Interpersonal Relationship among Institutionalized Children
Keywords:Empathy, Interpersonal relationship, Institutionalized children.
Background: The arena of child vulnerability is taking complex shapes in the new socio-cultural situations
.Institution children are those who deserve special care and attention in order to fulfil their basic and
secondary needs both with equal importance, which later on make an impact if it’s not satisfied. As humans
are called as social being there are some expected qualities which makes us to be connected with each other
in appositive way both in family and society. Empathy thus makes the people to be connected which further
leads to form an interpersonal relationship.
Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the level of empathy among the participants and to assess the level
of interpersonal relationship also the correlation between empathy and interpersonal relationship among
Materials and Methods: A total of 214 subjects aged 12-18 years were selected for study based on lottery
method of Simple random sampling. The study was based on the Questions pertaining to socio-demographic
profile of age, gender, mother tongue ,good friendship in the institution, educational qualification, situation
before being in the institution ,interest in education and time period for being in the institution. The data
collection was done in an interview schedule. The standardised tool used in the study was, the Self-esteem
scale developed Life Skills Assessment Scale (LSAS) by A.Radhakrishnan Nair, R.Subasree & Sunitha Rajan.
Results: The result shows that there is significant difference between the variable, having good friendship
in the institution and Empathy also there is a positive correlation between Empathy and Interpersonal
relationship.Conclusion: The result led to a conclusion that both empathy and interpersonal relationship
has a common feature as both has difference in level of measurement among children by analysing its level
through different socio demographic variables also there is a correlation between Empathy and Interpersonal