Chapter

9 Emotion and Personality Development

Developmental Psychology

III. CHILDHOOD

  1. E. Mark Cummings1,
  2. Julia M. Braungart-Rieker2,
  3. Tina D. Du Rocher Schudlich3

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop206009

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Cummings, E. M., Braungart-Rieker, J. M. and Rocher Schudlich, T. D. D. 2012. Emotion and Personality Development. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 6:III:9.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Notre Dame, Department of Psychology, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

  2. 2

    University of Notre Dame, Department of Psychology, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

  3. 3

    Western Washington University, Department of Psychology, Bellingham, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

A change in views about the roles of emotions in socioemotional development has taken place. Emotions were once viewed as experiential, intrapsychic events that occurred more-or-less secondarily, as by-products of more significant causal processes and phenomena. In recent years, research and theory on the study of emotions place much greater emphasis on the significance and role of emotions in social functioning and personality development. The present chapter reviews the state-of-the-art in seminal themes for understanding the role of emotions in children's development; what is known, what is being done, and future directions, including (1a) individual differences in the development of emotion and personality in children, (2b) relational influences, and (3c) a developmental psychopathology perspective. Future directions are discussed for each of these themes of research and theory on emotions and personality development.

Keywords:

  • emotions;
  • temperament;
  • family;
  • developmental psychopathology;
  • child adjustment