Children’s emotions and theory of mind

We define socioemotional development broadly. As well as examining the atypical patterns involved in internalizing and externalizing disorders in children, we also examine children’s emotions and theory of mind. In order to read about links between children’s emotions and their family contexts see the studies listed under multilevel and single-child family risk and resilience.

Relevant publications

Jenkins, J. M., Franco, F., Dolins, F., & Sewell, A. (1995). Toddlers’ reactions to negative emotion displays. Infant Behavior and Development, 18, 273-282.

Jenkins, J. M., & Astington, J.W. (1996). Cognitive factors and family structure associated with theory of mind development in young children. Developmental Psychology, 32, 70-78.

Jenkins, J. M., & Astington, J. W. (2000). Theory of mind and social behavior: Causal models tested in a longitudinal study. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 46, 203-220.

Jenkins, J. M., & Ball, S. (2000). Distinquishing between negative emotions: Children’s understanding of the social regulatory aspects of emotion. Cognition and Emotion, 14, 261-282.

Jenkins, J. M., & Buccionni J. (2000). Children’s understanding of marital conflict and the marital relationship. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 41, 161-168.

Jenkins, J. M., & Oatley, K. (2000). Psychopathology and short-term emotions: The balance of affects. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 41, 463-472.

Jenkins, J. M., Turrell, S., Kogushi, Y., Lollis, S. and Ross, H. A (2003) Longitudinal Investigation of the Dynamics of Mental State Talk in Families. Child Development, 74, 3, 905-920.