Children's understanding that emotion influences behaviour

Aznar, Ana (2014) Children's understanding that emotion influences behaviour. In: British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference; 03 - 05 Sep 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Young children’s understanding that emotions influence behaviour has been neglected in past research. Two studies examined children’s understanding that emotion influences behaviour. In study 1, 35 (17 girls; 18 boys) 4-year-old and 27 (13 girls; 14 boys) 6-year-old children answered questions probing their understanding of how emotions influence behaviour and completed a standardised test of emotion understanding. Six-year-old children had a greater understanding that emotions influence situations than did four-year-old children, which was related to mentalistic aspects of emotion understanding. In study 2, 90 children aged 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 answered questions about the likelihood of action based on emotion. There was an age increase in understanding with children 4 years and older scoring above chance. The findings suggest that children’s understanding that emotions influence their behaviour is a distinct component of emotion understanding that emerges in early childhood.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Title: British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference
Organising Body: British Psychological Society Developmental Section
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017)
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 15:11
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 15:11
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/38984

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