Young Children's Understanding of Emotions Article Review by tiff123

Young Children's Understanding of Emotions
An article review of "Preschoolers' Understanding of Simple and Complex Emotions: Links with gender and language" by S.L. Bosacki and C. Moore, which looks at how children learn to understand different emotions.
# 108834 | 2,622 words | 2 sources | APA | 2005 | CA
Published on Oct 31, 2008 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent)

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This paper describes a study to assess individual differences among preschoolers' emotional understanding, verbal ability, and gender role behavior. The paper relates that the study looks at simple and complex emotional understanding and children's vocabulary ability, as well as gender differences in preschool children and how their parents perceive their gender role behavior. In addition, the paper describes the different methods used in the study to find out the preschoolers' knowledge of emotions.

From the Paper:

"Young children's understanding of emotions has been the topic of many studies; some results being similar and some contradicting. The article "Preschoolers' Understanding of Simple and Complex Emotions: Links with gender and language" (Bosacki & Moore, 2004) discusses the research issue of how there are differences among individual preschoolers when it comes to understanding emotions and how gender and language play a role. The complexity of emotions is also looked at and how the usage by children can differ based on simple and complex. Different cultures also have different ideas of how to express one's self and how to feel in different scenarios. Children across cultures are exposed to different languages, beliefs and values; social experiences also come along with those differences. Children's understanding of the emotions they experience and the emotions people around them experience are drawn from their particular culture or gender. People around them may be parents, siblings, peers, daycare teachers or any other part of the Childs mesosystem (Shaffer, Wood & Willoughby, 2005). When decoding a child's understanding of emotion there are different aspects to take into consideration; the child's gender, culture, vocabulary ability and their capability of translating simple emotions into something more complex."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bosacki, S.L., & Moore, C. (2004). Preschoolers' understanding of simple and complex emotions: links with gender and language. Sex Roles, 50(9/10). 659-673.
  • Shaffer, D.R, Wood, E., & Willoughby, T. (2005). Developmental Psychology: Childhood and adolescence. (2nded.). Nelson.

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