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Emotional development is the growth in the child's ability to distinguish between and to express their emotions in socially acceptable ways and to be able to understand the emotional content of other peoples communication.

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  • Harris, P.L. (1988) Children and Emotion: the Development of Psychological Understanding, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.


  • Harris, P.L., Donnelly, K., Cut, G.R. and Pitt-Watson, R. (1986) Children's understanding of the distinction between real and apparent emotion, Child Development 57: 895-909.
  • Hobson, R.P. (1986) The autistic child's appraisal of expressions of emotion, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 27: 321-42.

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