Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor P1: GXB Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] pp1085-sebu-478697 April 6, 2004 19:10 Style file version Nov 28th, 2002 ° C Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 16, No. 2, April 2004 ( 2004) I am writing this letter in reference to the journal’s publication of research that incorrectly employs Davis’ Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI; Davis, 1980). Nu- merous researchers have used the IRI incorrectly and outside the manner the test creator has intended. Not only are the researchers’ results invalid, but unknowl- edgeable readers are being misled. Please find attached a list of research that has employed the IRI erroneously. I further encourage the journal to educate readers as to the correct use of the IRI, as it is a potentially very useful instrument that individually assesses the dimensions of empathy. To clarify, the Interpersonal Reactivity Index is a multidimensional scale, composed of 28 self-report items, which assess four dimensions of dispositional empathy (Davis, 1980). There are seven items to assess each of four dimen- sions, referred to as subscales, of empathy: Perspective Taking (PT), Fantasy (FS), Empathic Concern (EC), and Personal Distress (PD). The IRI subscale PT assesses the tendency to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2004 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
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