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Emotional Development from Infancy to Adolescence

Pathways to Emotional Competence and Emotional Problems, 1st Edition

By Dale F. Hay


154 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Emotional Development from Infancy to Adolescence: Pathways to Emotional Competence and Emotional Problems offers a chapter-by-chapter introductory survey of all aspects of emotional development from infancy to adolescence, from delight, surprise and love to anger, distress and fear. Taking a chronological approach, each chapter focuses on a specific emotion and covers the theories and research relating to its development, from infants’ emotional capabilities to the changes in self-understanding and self-conscious emotions of adolescence.

Hay integrates the approaches of classic developmental differentiation and differential emotions theory to create a comprehensive textbook with a unique approach to the subject matter, showcasing a range of research linking emotions to biological underpinnings and early experiences. This wide-ranging book also includes coverage of differences in temperament, developmental psychopathology, emotion regulation and development of emotional understanding, and attachment.

It is core reading for students of developmental psychology, health psychology, child welfare and social work, as well as anyone taking a course on social and emotional development courses. It will also be of interest to practitioners working in educational and clinical psychology and child psychiatry.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. More than a Feeling: The Study of Emotion and its Development: Trying to Define Emotion

Chapter 2. Distress and Delight in Infancy

Chapter 3. Surprise and Disgust

Chapter 4. Fear and Anxiety

Chapter 5. Anger: Fight v. Flight

Chapter 6. Sadness

Chapter 7. Happiness, Joy and Elation

Chapter 8. Affection, Love and Jealousy

Chapter 9. Empathy

Chapter 10. Shame and Guilt

Chapter 11. Afterword




About the Author

Dale Hay is Professor Emerita of Developmental Psychology at Cardiff University. She has led a major longitudinal study to understand the origins of developmental disorders. She has taught developmental psychology, with special emphasis on social and emotional development, developmental psychopathology and developmental research methods.

About the Series

International Texts in Developmental Psychology

The International Texts in Developmental Psychology series is designed to embrace the emergence of new areas and developments in the field from a global perspective, providing state-of-the-art, higher level introductions to major topic areas. Each volume is written by a specialist who combines empirical data and a synthesis of recent research to deliver cutting-edge science in a format accessible to students and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General