The process of interpersonal perspective taking

Gerace, Adam, Day, Andrew, Casey, Sharon and Mohr, Philip 2009, The process of interpersonal perspective taking, in Abstracts : Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 35th International Conference – Mind to Care, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, Melbourne, Vic., pp. A9-A9, doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00648.x.

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Title The process of interpersonal perspective taking
Author(s) Gerace, Adam
Day, Andrew
Casey, SharonORCID iD for Casey, Sharon
Mohr, Philip
Conference name Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (35th : 2009 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 29 Sep. - 2 Oct. 2009
Title of proceedings Abstracts : Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 35th International Conference – Mind to Care
Publication date 2009
Series International journal of mental health nursing; v.18
Start page A9
End page A9
Total pages 1
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Perspective taking, the main cognitive component of empathy, has a particularly important and complex role to play in the clinician-client relationship, particularly in mental health nursing. However, despite extensive investigation into the outcomes of this construct (e.g. sympathy, altruism), the process by which people take another's psychological point of view has received comparatively little attention. The purpose of this study was to investigate what the individual does when attempting to take the perspective of another person. The aims were to identify the specific strategies people used to accomplish this task, to consider how and why these strategies were chosen, and the relationship between the strategies and subsequent outcomes. Participants described an example of their own perspective-taking experience. Adopting an interpretive phenomenological approach, analysis resulted in the generation of several themes of direct relevance to both the perspective taking process and the wider empathic experience. Of particular importance were two superordinate themes, use of other-information and use of self-information. One significant subordinate theme (within use of selfinformation) to emerge was that of past experience, where the participant had experienced either (a) a similar role to that which they occupied in the present situation, or (b) a similar situation to that of the target person. Both of these experiences were determinants of how easy participants perceived the task of apprehending the target’s perspective. Within the wider empathic experience, themes included emotional manifestations (e.g. sympathy), as well as judgements of appropriate behaviours. Implications of findings when working in clinical and mental health settings are discussed.
ISSN 1445-8330
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00648.x
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category EN.1 Other conference paper
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