The Development of Emotional Competence: A Tribute to Carolyn Saarni
This symposium honors the career contributions of Dr. Carolyn Saarni, who passed away on June 8, 2015. The four presentations illustrate how those contributions inspired researchers around the world.
Dr. Pamela Cole will discuss Dr. Saarni’s early contributions to the study of emotional development, highlighting her work on children’s display rule knowledge and usage. Dr. Cole will illustrate how that work contributed to the contemporary understanding of the development of emotion regulation.
Dr. Susanne Denham will discuss Dr. Saarni’s model emotional competence. This presentation will focus on the importance of the early development of emotion expressiveness, knowledge, and regulation, including the role of caregivers in promoting early childhood competence.
Dr. Paul Hastings will elaborate on the role of caregivers, focusing on emotion socialization within the family. This presentation will highlight the role of children as both agents and recipients of socialization, expanding Dr. Saarni’s transactional, social constructivist model.
Dr. Maria von Salisch will discuss Dr. Saarni’s contribution to emotional competence in friendships. This presentation will include current work on the development of anger regulation and bidirectional influences between peers on developing competence.