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THE EFFECT OF EMPATHY LEVEL ON SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY IN STUDENTS OF SOCIAL WORK
In this study, it was aimed to examine whether the empathy levels of the students of the social work department had an impact on social justice advocacy and to determine whether the level of empathy and social justice difference showed a statistically significant difference according to some demographic characteristics. The research is a cross-sectional study designed in the relational screening model of quantitative research. 138 volunteer students studying at the Social Work Department of Gümüşhane University participated in the study. The data were analyzed in SPSS package program. Empathy Level Determination Scale, Social Justice Advocacy Scale and Personal Information Form were used as data collection tools. According to the findings obtained from the research; empathy level was found to have a statistically significant effect on social justice advocacy (R = 0.592, R2 = 0.350, F (1.136) = 73.254, p <0.01). A statistically significant and positive relationship was found between emotional empathy, cognitive empathy social skills and social justice advocacy, which are sub-dimensions of Empathy Level Determination Scale. Emotional empathy according to the gender of the participants [t (136) = 3.394, p = .001 <.01], strengthening While there was no significant relationship between participants' empathy levels and age (p> 0.05), it was found that there was a negative and low level statistically significant relationship with the client / community advocacy dimension, which is the sub-dimension of social justice advocacy (r = -0.181, p <0.05).the client [t (136) = 0.642, p = .017 <.05] and social / political advocacy [t (136) = 0.546, p = .002 <.01] statistically significant difference. As a result of the research, it can be stated that studies aiming to increase empathy skills may bring an increase in social justice advocacy.

Keywords
empathy, social justice, advocacy


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