Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Emotion Understanding and Social Competence in Balanced Bilinguals and Language-Dominant Children
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Amy A. Weimer
Dr. Philip G. Gasquoine
Dr. Darrin L. Rogers
The present study investigated the development of emotion understanding and social competence among 106 culturally and linguistically diverse children (50 girls and 56 boys). It investigated if there were differences in the development of emotion understanding and social competence between balanced bilinguals and language-dominant children. Balanced bilinguals outperformed language-dominant children on two advanced tasks of emotion understanding, in which they evidenced an increased understanding that emotions can be based on desires and that emotions can be hidden. Balanced bilinguals and language-dominant children follow a similar developmental trajectory on emotion understanding. There were no significant differences between language groups in social competence ratings, SES, age, and gender.
University of Texas-Pan American
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