Mixed emotion experiences for self or another person in adolescence

Burkitt, E., Watling, D. and Cocks, F. (2019) Mixed emotion experiences for self or another person in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 75. pp. 63-72. ISSN 0140-1971

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Introduction: This study examined types of reported simultaneous mixed emotion experiences for the first time in adolescence for high and low intensity emotion pairs using an Analogue Emotion Scale which affords the graphing of two opposite valence emotions over time on the same graph.

Methods: In a cross sectional design, 163 participants based in schools across the UK formed two age groups representing early and mid-adolescence (12 years, 5 months-16 years, 9 months vs. 16 years, 10 months-18 years, 8 months) across two conditions considering either their own (n=83) or another child’s (n= 80) emotional experience divided equally for high (n=80) or low (n= 83) intensity mixed emotion pairs presented in vignettes about themselves or another person. They were seen individually and completed an emotion presence interview and an Analogue Emotion Scale about the emotions experienced in the condition appropriate vignette.

Results: Participants reported mixed emotions both sequentially and simultaneously. In particular we found that children showed that others experience emotions in a more sequential manner, while they themselves would experience more emotions in a highly simultaneous way. Emotion experience was different depending on the emotion pair and age group.

Conclusions: Adolescents’ subjective mixed emotion experiences vary by intensity and patterns of simultaneity over time. Findings are discussed in relation to an evaluative space model of mixed emotion and applications of the AES with adolescent populations.

Publication Type: Articles
Additional Information: Mixed emotion, Adolescence, Self, Other
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Research Entities > POWER Centre
Depositing User: Esther Burkitt
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2019 13:17
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2021 01:10
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4749

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