Research Problem: Who is most “trainable” as an effective communicator of empathy?
Hypothesis: There will be a significant statistical correlation between self concept and empathic communicative ability.
Method: In the process of answering the research problem, this study will attempt to determine if self-concept is significantly correlated with communicative ability, specifically the ability to respond empathically to others. Measurement of self-concept will employ the Tennessee Self Concept Scale which will be administered to the members of an undergraduate speech course, Speech 360. Tests measuring the levels of empathic discrimination and empathic communication will be given to the same population in determining empathic communicative ability scores.
Results: There were five significant statistical correlations of concern to this study. Those variables indicated to be in high correlation were: Total P – Empathetic Communication; Moral – Ethical Self –Empathic Communication; Empathic Discrimination Test I – Empathic Discrimination Test II; Empathic Discrimination Test I – Empathic Communication, Empathic Discrimination Test II – Empathic Communication.
Conclusion: The data acquired by measuring self – concept and empathy variables, and the demonstrated correlation between self – concept and empathic communicative ability, it can be concluded that those persons found to have high self – concepts are most trainable as effective empathic communicators. This study demonstrated that for the population of this study, self – concepts were consistent with empathic communication scores; self-concept scores were highest when empathic communication scores were highest. Thus, self – concept score may also be indicative of high-level functioning potential trainees.