Emotional Display Rules: Preschooler' Gender, Emotional Display Intentions and Positive/Negative Emotion

유아의 정서표현규칙: 유아의 성, 정서표현의도 및 정서상황과의 관련성

  • Jang, Yun-Jung (Dept. of Child & Family Studies, The Catholic University of Korea) ;
  • Shin, Yoo-Lim (Dept. of Child & Family Studies, The Catholic University of Korea)
  • Published : 2006.05.30


The purposes of this study were to investigate emotional display rules and intentions of preschool children, any gender differences and the emotional intentions according to levels of understanding of emotional display rules and positive vs. negative situations. The subjects were 58 six-year-old preschoolers who were individually interviewed using 7 hypothetical scenarios that assessed emotional display rules and intentions. The children showed more self-protective intention than other intentions, although there were no gender differences in using emotional display intentions. Children with high scores of emotional display rules frequently tended to use prosocial and self-protective intentions and also used different emotional intentions on positive vs. negative emotional situations.


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