Understanding and Watering the Seeds of Compassion

Mark T. Greenberg, Christa Turksma

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The authors call for a broad agenda to create comprehensive models and research on the development and promotion of empathy and compassion. This wish would lead to a new level of developmental/ecological understanding of the growth of compassion as well as effective policies and practices and interventions that nurture caring, compassion, and service to others in our schools and communities. The authors define empathy and compassion, briefly discuss the outline of early developmental processes, and call for basic research on these essential aspects of human development. The authors conclude by discussing the need to develop new ways to promote empathy and compassion in families, schools and communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Human Development
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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