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ERIC Number: EJ928598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
The Impact of Developing Social Perspective-Taking Skills on Emotionality in Middle and Late Childhood
Bengtsson, Hans; Arvidsson, Asa
Social Development, v20 n2 p353-375 May 2011
A sample of 209 children was followed longitudinally to examine the impact of growing perspective-taking skills on positive and negative emotionality in middle and late childhood. Perspective-taking skills were assessed through interviews. Teachers rated children's emotional reactivity and capacity to regain a neutral state following emotional arousal. Analyses of contemporaneous data revealed that more developed perspective-taking skills were associated with moderate levels of emotional reactivity. In addition, in children with high emotional reactivity, good perspective-taking skills were associated with good capacity to regain a neutral affective state following emotional arousal. Longitudinal analyses revealed that children who made gains in perspective-taking skills over a two-year-period became more moderate in negative emotional reactivity and improved their ability to down-regulate strong positive emotions. The overall findings support the notion that children use perspective-taking skills as a tool for optimal regulation of emotional responses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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