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Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years: Transitions and Transformations

Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years: Transitions and Transformations

by Celia A. Brownell PhD, Claire B. Kopp PhD
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This volume explores the key developmental transitions that take place as 1- to 3-year-olds leave infancy behind and begin to develop the social and emotional knowledge, skills, and regulatory abilities of early childhood. Leading investigators examine the multiple interacting factors that lead to socioemotional competence in this pivotal period, covering both typical and atypical development. Presented is innovative research that has yielded compelling insights into toddlers' relationships, emotions, play, communication, prosocial behavior, self-control, autonomy, and attempts to understand themselves and others. The final chapter presents a systematic framework for socioemotional assessment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606239469
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/03/2010
Pages: 497
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 1 - 3 Years

About the Author

Celia A. Brownell, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she directs the Early Social Development Laboratory and has served as Chair of the Developmental Psychology Graduate Training Program and as Director of Graduate Studies. She has been a coinvestigator on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development since its inception in 1990. Dr. Brownell is an associate editor of Infancy, the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies. She has conducted research on social development of infants and toddlers for over 25 years.


Claire B. Kopp, PhD, is a developmental psychologist whose research interests focus primarily on the social and emotional development of young children, with particular emphasis on the development of regulatory processes. Her writings have also addressed biosocial risk factors that adversely influence children’s development. Dr. Kopp has published widely in these areas, with research funded by both federal and private agencies. She taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Kopp is a frequent reviewer for developmental, psychological, and pediatric journals. She is a source of developmental information for parenting magazines, and her book for parents, Baby Steps: A Guide to Your Child’s Social, Physical, Mental, and Emotional Development in the First Two Years, is in its second edition. Dr. Kopp also consults with public and private agencies on early development.

Table of Contents

1 Transitions in Toddler Socioemotional Development: Behavior, Understanding, Relationships Celia A. Brownell Claire B. Kopp 1

Part I Understanding Self and Others

2 Understanding Self and Others in the Second Year Chris Moore 43

3 The Codevelopment of Self and Sociomoral Emotions during the Toddler Years Michael F. Mascolo Kurt W. Fischer 66

4 The Transformation of Prosocial Behavior from Infancy to Childhood Dale F. Hay Kaye V. Cook 100

5 The Origins of Empathic Morality in Toddlerhood Martin L. Hoffman 132

Part II Play and Communication

6 Pretend Play in Toddlers Angeline Lillard 149

7 Children's Relationships with Other Children Claire Hughes Judy Dunn 177

8 Intentional Communication Nameera Akhtar Carmen Martínez-Sussmann 201

9 Becoming a Language User: Entering a Symbolic World Katherine Nelson 221

10 Revisiting A Toddler's Life for the Toddler Years: Conversational Participation as a Tool for Learning across Knowledge Domains Marilyn Shatz 241

Part III Self-Regulation

11 The Emergence of Self-Regulation: Biological and Behavioral Control Mechanisms Supporting Toddler Competencies Susan D. Calkins 261

12 Autonomy, Compliance, and Internalization David R. Forman 285

13 Taming the Tempest in the Teapot: Emotion Regulation in Toddlers Ross A. Thompson Rebecca Goodvin 320

Part IV Biological and Cultural Perspectives

14 The Cognitive Neuroscience of Early Socioemotional Development Martha Ann Bell Christy D. Wolfe 345

15 Biobehavioral Approaches to Early Socioemotional Development Kristin A. Buss H. Hill Goldsmith 370

16 The Sociocultural Context of Transitions in Early Socioemotional Development Susan M. Perez Mary Gauvain 396

Part V Individual Differences and Applications

17 Social Relations, Self-Awareness, and Symbolizing: A Perspective from Autism R. Peter Hobson 423

18 A Systemic Approach to Assessment of Normative and Atypical Socioemotional Function in Toddlers Hiram E. Fitzgerald Jessica Barnes Jason Almerigi 451

Index 483


Developmental psychologists; early childhood education researchers and professionals; students in these areas. Also of interest to mental health clinicians working with young children and their families. May serve as a text in graduate-level courses in social development or early childhood development.

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