Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
M. Christine Porter
This study examined how 90, primarily Caucasian children in grades 1-4 express sadness, anger, and pride within close friendships. Emotion discussion tasks were transcribed and coded. The results demonstrated that girls used more positive and negative emotion words for anger, although the overall length of boys' and girls' interactions did not differ. Girls and older children used more positive emotion words for pride. Younger children rated their anger experiences as more intense than older children. For sadness discussion, boys used more dismissing behaviors than girls, whereas girls used more validation than boys. Younger children engaged in more helping behaviors. For anger, younger boys used more dismissing responses than older boys. For pride, older children engaged in more validating behaviors than younger children.
Bateman, Lisa Paige, "Children's Emotional Expression within a Close Friendship Dyad" (2009). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 257.
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