But, the number of friendship nominations received by girls, in contrast, had no effect on their felt support by friends. Regardless of the quantity of friendship nominations, empathy was linked to more supportive friendships for both males and females,” said the researcher.
The researchers defined cognitive empathy as the capacity to comprehend the emotions of another person. He noted that it is critical to identify and teach young people the skills they need in order to develop supportive friendships. To that end, the study provides a contextual understanding of the role of empathy in selecting and maintaining friendships.