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Positive Aspects of Emotional Competence in Preventing Internalizing Symptoms in Children with and without Developmental Language Disorder : A Longitudinal Approach


  • Samson, Andrea C. ORCID Institute of Special Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Faculty of Psychology, UniDistance Suisse, Brigue, Switzerland
  • van den Bedem, Neeltje P. Developmental Psychology, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Dukes, Daniel ORCID Institute of Special Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Rieffe, Carolien ORCID Developmental Psychology, Leiden University, The Netherlands. NSDSK, Amsterdam,The Netherlands. Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK
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  • 06.01.2020
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  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. - Springer Science and Business Media LLC. - 2020, vol. 50, no. 4, p. 1159-1171
English In order to better understand protective factors for internalizing problems, this longitudinal study examined positive emotions, emotion awareness and (non-)emotional communication skills in relation to somatic complaints and social anxiety in children with (N = 104) and without (N = 183) Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) using self-reported measures twice with a 9-month interval. Additionally, parents reported on their child’s communication problems and emotion communication at Time 1. Most importantly, since we found that increasing levels of emotion awareness related to decreases in social anxiety and somatic complaints in children with and without DLD, we conclude that children with DLD are likely to benefit from interventions aimed at improving their emotion awareness in addition to language interventions.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
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