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Roses by other names? Empathy, sympathy, and compassion in mental health nursing
journal contributionposted on 2023-01-24, 03:09 authored by Adam GeraceAdam Gerace
Empathy and related concepts such as sympathy and compassion are considered fundamental to mental health nurses' work with consumers. However, there is often little consensus on the relationship between these interpersonal interaction factors and their similarities and differences. In this paper, these three concepts are discussed. Theoretical frameworks of empathy, sympathy, and compassion are presented with a social psychological model of empathy focused upon. From this, discussion is undertaken of how the mental health nursing process may be explained by such frameworks, as well as what unique aspects of the nursing relationship need to be considered. It is contended that precise definitions and understandings of empathy, sympathy, and compassion are vital, and the use of models allows researchers to consider where gaps are in current knowledge, and to identify what might be important to consider from a nurse education perspective.