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Individual differences in understanding emotion: the role of attachment status and psychological discourse.
Attach Hum Dev. 1999 Dec; 1(3):307-24.AH

Abstract

Recent studies have shown how children develop an understanding of emotion: pre-school children identify and talk accurately about the basic emotions and increasingly appreciate the way that desires and beliefs give rise to those emotions. However, children also display stable individual differences in their understanding. Two different interpretations of such individual differences are discussed. Caregivers show more or less sensitivity to their children's emotions. One interpretation, therefore, is that early variation in caregiver sensitivity is responsible for individual differences in children's attachment status; in turn, children's attachment status leads to enduring differences in their understanding of emotion. A second interpretation focuses on the fact that children grow up in families that vary in the manner and extent to which feelings are put into words. Accordingly, early differences in family discourse about emotion, especially on the part of the primary caregiver, may lead to variation among children in their understanding of emotion. Evidence supporting or undermining these two different interpretations is reviewed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Paul.Harris@psy.ox.ac.uk

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11708229

Citation

Harris, P L.. "Individual Differences in Understanding Emotion: the Role of Attachment Status and Psychological Discourse." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 1, no. 3, 1999, pp. 307-24.
Harris PL. Individual differences in understanding emotion: the role of attachment status and psychological discourse. Attach Hum Dev. 1999;1(3):307-24.
Harris, P. L. (1999). Individual differences in understanding emotion: the role of attachment status and psychological discourse. Attachment & Human Development, 1(3), 307-24.
Harris PL. Individual Differences in Understanding Emotion: the Role of Attachment Status and Psychological Discourse. Attach Hum Dev. 1999;1(3):307-24. PubMed PMID: 11708229.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Individual differences in understanding emotion: the role of attachment status and psychological discourse. A1 - Harris,P L, PY - 2001/11/16/pubmed PY - 2002/1/5/medline PY - 2001/11/16/entrez SP - 307 EP - 24 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 1 IS - 3 N2 - Recent studies have shown how children develop an understanding of emotion: pre-school children identify and talk accurately about the basic emotions and increasingly appreciate the way that desires and beliefs give rise to those emotions. However, children also display stable individual differences in their understanding. Two different interpretations of such individual differences are discussed. Caregivers show more or less sensitivity to their children's emotions. One interpretation, therefore, is that early variation in caregiver sensitivity is responsible for individual differences in children's attachment status; in turn, children's attachment status leads to enduring differences in their understanding of emotion. A second interpretation focuses on the fact that children grow up in families that vary in the manner and extent to which feelings are put into words. Accordingly, early differences in family discourse about emotion, especially on the part of the primary caregiver, may lead to variation among children in their understanding of emotion. Evidence supporting or undermining these two different interpretations is reviewed. SN - 1461-6734 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11708229/Individual_differences_in_understanding_emotion:_the_role_of_attachment_status_and_psychological_discourse_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616739900134171 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -