Interpersonal Reactivity Index

The Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) consists of 28 items and measures 4 dimensions of empathy: perspective taking, fantasy, empathic concern, and personal distress. Each dimension is composed of 7 items. All of the items are scored on a 5-point summative rating scale ranging from 1 does not describe be well to 5 describes me very well.

Content

Topics
Ethical Orientation
Skills
Empathy
Subskills

Empathic Concern, Perspective Taking, Fantasy, Personal Distress

Grades
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary
Languages
English
Respondent
Student

Administration Information

Length
28 items
Price

Free

Training
None
Qualifications
None
Group/Individual
Individual
Administration
Paper

Access and Use

Contact

Mark Davis

Professor of Psychology

Eckerd College, Dept. of Psychology

Email: davismh@eckerd.edu

Phone: 727-864-8263

Peer-Reviewed Study Citations

Hudson-Flege, M., & Thompson, M. P. (2017). Empathy and Extracurricular Involvement in Emerging Adulthood: Findings from a Longitudinal Study of Undergraduate College Males. Journal of College Student Development, 58(5), 674–684. doi: 10.1353/csd.2017.0053

Murphy, Helena R, et al. “The Role of Empathy in Preparing Teachers to Tackle Bullying.” Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research, vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 17–23., doi:10.7821/naer.2018.1.261.

Hudson-Flege, M., & Thompson, M.P. (2017). Empathy and Extracurricular Involvement in Emerging Adulthood: Findings from a Longitudinal Study of Undergraduate College Males. Journal of College Student Development 58(5), 674-684. doi:10.1353/csd.2017.0053.

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Open Access
Yes
Used in Peer-Reviewed Research
Yes
Psychometric Citations

Chilean Validation Study: Fernández, A. M., Dufey, M., & Kramp, U. (2011). Testing the Psychometric Properties of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) in Chile. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 27(3), 179–185. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000065

Dutch Validation Study: Corte, K. D., Buysse, A., Verhofstadt, L. L., Roeyers, H., Ponnet, K., & Davis, M. H. (2007). Measuring Empathic Tendencies: Reliability And Validity of the Dutch Version of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. Psychologica Belgica, 47(4), 235–260. doi: 10.5334/pb-47-4-235x