Current research is lacking on the association between empathy and self-care. This cross-sectional research study polled Long Island University (LIU) students (N = 102) with an electronic survey regarding their personal self-care practices scores and their empathy quotient scores. Demographic questions of financial burden perception, student status (graduate vs. undergraduate), and type of student (athlete vs. non-athlete) added to our understanding of empathy and self-care. Analysis of data occurred with simple linear regression and Independent Samples t-Tests. Significant results indicated students with higher empathy quotient (EQ) scores had higher self-care practices scores, and college NCAA student athletes had higher self-care practices scores compared to non-athletes. After a review of associated literature, this paper presents findings and shares discussion for future research and practice.
social work, self-care, empathy, NCAA student athletes, Long Island University
Year of Completion
Masters in Social Work
Maria Taylor, Ph.D., MSSW
Morgan, Rhonda, "Comparing Empathy Quotient Scores and Self-Care Scores Among College Students" (2022). Selected Full-Text Master Theses Collection 2018-. 10.