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Table 4 Internal consistency of the factors in the empathy questionnaire

From: Psychometric properties of empathy questionnaire for Spanish adolescents

  Mean of the scale if the item is eliminated Variance of the scale if the item is eliminated Corrected element-total correlation Cronbach’s alpha if the item is eliminated
Factor 1: cognitive empathy
 1. I can often understand how people are feeling even before they tell me. 37.793 40.897 .522 .826
 2. I can tell when a friend is angry even if he/she tries to hide it. 37.520 41.405 .465 .830
 3. I can tell when someone acts happy, when they actually are not. 38.081 41.153 .441 .831
 4. I can easily tell how others are feeling. 38.115 40.970 .443 .831
Factor 2: affective empathy
 5. When a friend is scared, I feel afraid. 38.734 38.943 .559 .823
 6. When my friend is sad, I become sad too. 37.859 38.195 .601 .819
 7. When a friend is angry, I feel angry too. 38.754 38.942 .545 .824
 8. When people around me are nervous, I become nervous too. 38.298 39.108 .435 .834
Factor 3: empathic concern
 9. I feel sorry for someone who is treated unfairly. 36.966 40.418 .530 .825
 10. I feel concerned for other people who are sick. 37.161 39.690 .573 .822
 11. I am concerned for animals that are hurt. 37.474 39.551 .410 .836
 12. I feel sorry for a friend who feels sad. 37.254 39.182 .563 .822