How Do Children Experience Mixed Emotion? Piloting an Analogue Emotion Scale

Burkitt, E. and Fotheringham, F. (2016) How Do Children Experience Mixed Emotion? Piloting an Analogue Emotion Scale. In: University of Chichester Research Conference, 8 July 2016, University of Chichester, West Sussex. (Unpublished)

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Adults report more sequential and simultaneous experiences of mixed emotion when using an analogue emotion scale (AES) than when completing rating scales due to the temporal dimension of the AES. Research is beginning to show that children experience mixed emotion and report simultaneous experiences increasingly between 5-7 years. These reports however may misrepresent the type, and underestimate the frequency of, simultaneous experiences due to the limitations of the measures. This research piloted the utility of an adapted AES to assess subjective mixed emotion types in childhood. 55 children (23 girls, 22 boys) aged between 4 years 2 months - 6 years 2 months (X=5 years 3 months) participated in the research. They heard vignettes describing single happy, sad and mixed emotion events in an age and gender matched protagonist and completed AES training and tests measures about the protagonists' experiences. Four different AES mixed emotion types were found highlighting a broader range of mixed emotion experiences than previously found and attesting to the utility of the adapted measure.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Items (Poster)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Research Entities > POWER Centre
Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Psychology
Event Title: University of Chichester Research Conference
Event Location: University of Chichester, West Sussex
Event Dates: 8 July 2016
Depositing User: Esther Burkitt
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 15:20
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 14:23

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