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ERIC Number: EJ874789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0145-2134
Maltreated and Nonmaltreated Children's Evaluations of Emotional Fantasy
Carrick, Nathalie; Quas, Jodi A.; Lyon, Thomas
Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, v34 n2 p129-134 Feb 2010
Objectives: The purpose of the study was to examine differences between maltreated and nonmaltreated children's ability to differentiate emotionally evocative fantastic and real events. Methods: Four- and 5-year-old (n=145) maltreated and nonmaltreated children viewed images depicting positive and negative fantastic and real events and reported whether the events could occur in real life and how the images made them feel. Children also completed a measure of verbal ability. Results: Maltreated children were more accurate than nonmaltreated children in stating that negative real events could occur, but less accurate in stating that frightening fantastic events could not occur. Group differences also emerged for fantastic neutral events, but not for positive images or how the images made children feel. Additionally, findings emerged with children's verbal ability controlled statistically, suggesting that maltreated children's differential performance was not simply a result of cognitive delay. Conclusions: Maltreated children's tendency to report that certain negative events can occur may be due to their greater exposure to negative events and heightened sensitivity to negative emotions. The present findings support a growing view that maltreatment uniquely affects how children attend to and process negative emotional information and have implications for practitioners working with maltreated children. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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