Early emotional development, emotional regulation, and the links between emotion and social or cognitive functioning in atypically developing children have not received much attention. This lack is due in part to the priorities given to the educational and therapeutic needs of these children. Yet an understanding of the basic emotional processes in children with atypical development can only serve to promote more effective strategies for teaching and intervening in the lives of these children and their families and may contribute to our understanding of basic emotional processes as well.
When referring to "emotions," the editors mean some complex set of processes or abilities, whether or not the topic is normal or atypical development. Specifically, they use the term "emotion" to refer to at least three things -- emotional expressions, emotional states, and emotional experiences. The focus of this volume, these three aspects of emotional life are affected by socialization practices, maturational change, and individual biological differences including, in this case, differences in children as a function of disability. Contributors examine the development of emotions in children with organic or psychological disorders as well as those in compromised social contexts making this volume of prime importance to developmental, clinical, and social psychologists, educators, and child mental health experts.
"This volume has much to offer investigators concerned with either atypical children or with emotion processes."
"This is an important addition to the growing knowledge base on normal and abnormal emotional development. Each contribution is well-grounded in normative emotional processes and examines affective development in atypical children against the backdrop of normal development. Because the contributors address the reciprocal interplay between emotional development in normal and atypical children and consider the practical implications of understanding the emotional difficulties of these youngsters, Emotional Development in Atypical Children makes a major contribution to the field of developmental psychopathology. This book will be an invaluable addition to the libraries of clinical and developmental psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and educators, as well as of graduate students or residents in these specialty areas."
—Dante Cicchetti, PhD
Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester
"This is an unusually fine collection of papers on emotional development in atypical children. The chapters contain valuable reviews of the literature and offer insights for better understanding of the emotion-related problems of handicapped children. This book will guide and inspire new research on special populations of children."
—Carroll E. Izard, PhD
University of Delaware
Contents: Preface. T. Field, Expressivity in Physically and Emotionally Handicapped Children. T. Walden, L. Knieps, Reading and Responding to Social Signals. M. Lewis, M.W. Sullivan, The Role of Situation and Child Status on Emotional Interaction. P. Mundy, J. Willoughby, Nonverbal Communication, Joint Attention, and Early Socioemotional Development. M. Bendersky, S.M. Alessandri, M. Lewis, Emotions in Cocaine-Exposed Infants. C. Kasari, M. Sigman, Expression and Understanding of Emotion in Atypical Development: Autism and Down Syndrome. N.A. Fox, A. Sobel, S. Calkins, P. Cole, Inhibited Children Talk About Themselves: Self-Reflection on Personality Development and Change in 7-Year Olds. L.A. Turner, Attributional Beliefs of Persons with Mild Mental Retardation. R.J. Casey, Emotional Competence in Children with Externalizing and Internalizing Disorders. S.M. Alessandri, M. Lewis, Development of the Self-Conscious Emotions in Maltreated Children. L.A. Camras, E. Sachs-Alter, S.C. Ribordy, Emotion Understanding in Maltreated Children: Recognition of Facial Expressions and Integration with Other Emotion Cues. S.A. Denham, S. Lydick, J. Mitchell-Copeland, Socioemotional Assessment for Atypical Infants and Preschoolers.