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Loving and angry? Happy and sad? Understanding and reporting of mixed emotions in mother-child relationships by 6- to 12-year-olds

Heubeck, Bernd; Butcher, Phillipa; Thorneywork, Kristie; Wood, Jeffrey


The Evaluative Space Model of emotions allows for the coactivation of positive-appetitive and negative-avoidant systems, but few studies have examined mixed emotions in child development. Existing research suggests children’s understanding of opposite valence emotion combinations emerges by approximately 11 years of age. However, it is not yet clear whether various opposite valence combinations are understood at different ages, nor whether children can understand them in others before they have...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
DOI: 10.1111/bjdp.12128


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