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The use of emotions in narratives in Williams syndrome

Van Herwegen, J, Aznar, A and Tenenbaum, H (2014) The use of emotions in narratives in Williams syndrome Journal of Communication Disorders, 50. pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

Although individuals with Williams syndrome are very sociable, they tend to have limited contact and friendships with peers. In typically developing children the use of positive emotions (e.g., happy) has been argued to be related to peer relationships and popularity. The current study investigated the use and development of emotion words in Williams syndrome using cross-sectional developmental trajectories and examined children's use of different types of emotion words. Nineteen children with Williams syndrome (WS) and 20 typically developing (TD) children matched for chronological age told a story from a wordless picture book. Participants with WS produced a similar number of emotion words compared to the control group and the use of emotion words did not change when plotted against chronological age or vocabulary abilities in either group. However, participants with WS produced more emotion words about sadness. Links between emotion production and friendships as well as future studies are discussed.Learning outcomes: After reading this article, readers will be able to: explain the development of positive and negative emotions in Williams syndrome and recognize that emotion production is atypical in this population. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

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AuthorsEmailORCID
Van Herwegen, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aznar, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tenenbaum, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2014
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2014.01.002
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 15:54
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 15:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811438

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