Empathic Listening


Active-empathic listening as a general social skill: 
Evidence from bivariate and canonical correlations.
Communication Reports, 24, 86-98. doi:10.1080/08934215.2011.610731
Gearhart, C. C., & Bodie, G. D. (2011).
This study attempts to provide further validity evidence for a scale that measures the tendency to enact active-empathic listening (AEL), one type of listening noted as especially important in close relationships and associated contexts like supportive episodes. In particular, we investigated the degree to which AEL is empirically related to various general social skills that reflect interaction competencies such as emotional sensitivity.

Strong correlations between a measure of AEL and four of the six social skill dimensions measured by the social skills inventory (SSI) provide validity evidence for this scale. The paper concludes with a discussion of future research possibilities.