Does empathy vary with age?  Yes.  A study done at the University of Michigan showed that empathy is highest in people in their middle years, peaking in the 6th decade of life.  Younger and older tended to have less empathy and be more self concerned.  Women tended to be more empathetic than men across ages.  There was no difference when ethnicity was compared.

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci (2013) 68 (2): 168-175. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs055 First published online: August 3, 2012

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