ERIC Number: EJ1099929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
How Do Children Who Understand Mixed Emotion Represent Them in Freehand Drawings of Themselves and Others?
Burkitt, Esther; Watling, Dawn
Educational Psychology, v36 n5 p935-955 2016
This research is the first to assess children's representation of mixed emotion using a freehand drawing task. Two hundred and forty-one 5--11-year olds completed a drawing and a colour preference task. Children heard a condition appropriate vignette about themselves or a protagonist designed to evoke mixed emotion, and were asked to draw the self or the protagonist experiencing neutral, happy and sad affect. Children who reported mixed emotions after the story also drew themselves or the protagonist experiencing mixed emotion. For mixed emotion, children used red, green and blue more in drawings of the protagonist, and yellow more in drawings of the self. Interestingly, strategies for mixed emotion drawings were similar to those used for happy drawings; more specifically, in drawings of the self, children were particularly more likely to use smiles (for happy and sad drawings) and fewer frowns. Findings are discussed in relation to self-presentational behaviour.
Descriptors: Children, Preadolescents, Emotional Response, Freehand Drawing, Vignettes, Self Concept, Foreign Countries, Likert Scales, Color, Coding, Psychological Patterns, Regression (Statistics)
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom