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The Impact of Developing Social Perspective-taking Skills on Emotionality in Middle and Late Childhood

Bengtsson, Hans LU and Arvidsson, Åsa LU (2011) In Social Development 20(2). p.353-375
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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perspective taking, emotion regulation, middle childhood, late childhood
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Social Development
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20
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2
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353 - 375
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Wiley-Blackwell
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0961-205X
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10.1111/j.1467-9507.2010.00587.x
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  author       = {Bengtsson, Hans and Arvidsson, Åsa},
  issn         = {0961-205X},
  keyword      = {perspective taking,emotion regulation,middle childhood,late childhood},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {353--375},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Social Development},
  title        = {The Impact of Developing Social Perspective-taking Skills on Emotionality in Middle and Late Childhood},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9507.2010.00587.x},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2011},
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