Adults' Free-Form Identification of Emotions from Children's Descriptions of Their Antecedents: A Quantitative Analysis

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50 adult subjects identified resultant emotions for 28 children's statements of antecedents to emotion in an open-ended task. Responses were scored along the dimensions of evaluation and activation by the Dictionary of Affect in Language, and a priori expectations with respect to evaluation (happy, proud, comfortable > sad, afraid, guilty, angry) and activation (sad, comfortable < angry, happy, proud, afraid, guilty) were confirmed. The importance of a dimensional approach to the study of emotion is highlighted in the discussion.

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