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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.9 No.4 pp.1586-1590

Analysis of Empathy in Physical Therapy Students

Chang Ryeol Lee,Min Park
Korea Nazarene University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea
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Chang Ryeol Lee, Ph.D. Department of Physical Therapy, Korea Nazarene University, 48 Wolbong-ro, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea Tel: 82-10-4415-9668


The purpose of this study was to measure empathy in physical therapy students using a self-report measure of empathy. One hundred seventy students from three different majors participated in the study. The physical therapy group consisted of 49 people, 24 men and 25 women. The psychotherapy group has 59 people, 17 males and 42 females. 62 participants were randomly assigned to the engineering group, with 18 males and 44 females. It was hypothesized that empathy would be higher in physical therapy students compared to those in engineering. Empathy Quotient (EQ) supported the research hypothesis, with students in physical theapy higher than students in engineering There is no statistically significant difference in the EQ between physical therapy and psychotherapy. There were also differences in empathy according to major and gender. Our research suggests that empathy needs to be promoted through education and training.