Understanding and describing the other: a study on children’s emotion comprehension and internal state language

Author/s Simona De Stasio, Caterina Fiorilli, Carlo Di Chiacchio, Maria Cristina Rappazzo
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/1
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 149-160 File size 453 KB
DOI 10.3280/PDS2011-001011
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A substantial body of research showed the associations between children’s use of psychological terms during conversation and their understanding of mental states. Children’s use of internal-state language and emotion understanding were investigating in a sample (N = 120) of 6 to 9 year olds. Children’s emotion comprehension was assessed using the Test of Emotion Comprehension while the use of internal-state language was assessed by the Mind-Mindedness task. Results showed significant differences in emotion understanding and in the use of psychological descriptions of their friends among children of different ages. Children’s use of internal- state language was not related to emotion understanding. The authors suggest that children’s spontaneous use of internal state language could be independent of their capacities for representing those internal states.

Keywords: Mind-Mindedness, emotion understanding, age, children

Simona De Stasio, Caterina Fiorilli, Carlo Di Chiacchio, Maria Cristina Rappazzo, Comprendere e descrivere l’altro: uno studio sulla comprensione delle emozioni e sul lessico psicologico del bambino in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 1/2011, pp 149-160, DOI: 10.3280/PDS2011-001011