Preschool Children’s Emotion Labels and Social Responses to Positive and Negative Vignettes
This study investigated typically developing preschool children’s emotion labels and responses to questions about social situations depicted in positive and negative video vignettes. Ten typically developing preschool children provided positive and negative emotion labels and responses to questions about social situations after watching brief video vignettes that were developed to elicit a positive or negative emotional response. Relationships between labels used to describe emotions and appropriateness of responses to questions about social situations were analyzed. Children used more varied labels for negative emotions than for positive emotions. A chi square test indicated no significant relationship between the distribution of appropriateness ratings for responses to positive versus negative vignettes and no significant relationship between the elaboration of the emotion labels and the
appropriateness of the responses to the vignettes.