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ERIC Number: EJ879014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
How Does Sam Feel?: Children's Labelling and Drawing of Basic Emotions
Brechet, Claire; Baldy, Rene; Picard, Delphine
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v27 n3 p587-606 Sep 2009
This study compares the ability of children aged from 6 to 11 to freely produce emotional labels based on detailed scenarios (labelling task), and their ability to depict basic emotions in their human figure drawing (subsequent drawing task). This comparison assesses the relevance of the use of a human figure drawing task in order to test children's comprehension of basic emotions. Such a comparison has never been undertaken up to now, the two tasks being seen as belonging to relatively separate fields of investigation. Results indicate corresponding developmental patterns for both tasks and a clear-cut gap between simple emotions (happiness and sadness) and complex emotions (anger, fear, and disgust) in the ability to label and to depict basic emotions. These results suggest that a drawing task can be used to assess children's understanding of basic emotions. Results are discussed according to the development of perceptual skills and the development of emotion conceptualization.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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