Children's internal representations, empathy, and fantasy play: A validity study of the SCORS-Q

Larissa N. Niec, Sandra W. Russ

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

54 Scopus citations

Abstract

The authors investigated relationships among internal representations, empathy, and affective and cognitive processes in fantasy play to test the validity of the Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale Q-Sort (SCORS-Q; D. Westen, 1995) with children. Eighty-six 8-10-year-olds were administered 8 Thematic Apperception Test cards, a standardized play task, and a self-report empathy measure. Teachers rated children's empathy and helpfulness. As predicted, internal representations were related to empathy, helpfulness, and quality of fantasy play. Developmental differences on the SCORS-Q were consistent with object relations theory and with results from the original SCORS. The findings support the value of internal representations as a means of understanding children's interpersonal functioning and contribute to the validity of the SCORS-Q for use with children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-338
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Children's internal representations, empathy, and fantasy play: A validity study of the SCORS-Q'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this