Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 79–84 | Cite as

Promoting the Emotional Development of Preschoolers

  • Godwin S. Ashiabi


This paper looks at evidence pertaining to the emotional development of preschoolers. The issues talked about include a synopsis of emotional expression, emotional understanding, the regulation of emotions, and their developmental significance. Furthermore, the role of the caregiver–child relationship as indicated by the security of attachment is provided. It is argued that caregivers influence the emotional development of children as they model, coach, and contingently respond to children. The implications of emotional development and the quality of the caregiver–child relationship for teachers as they pertain to affective displays, negotiation skills, affect regulation, and expectancies of children are discussed. Finally, some strategies for enhancing emotional development are suggested.

caregiver–child relationship emotional development attachment social competence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Godwin S. Ashiabi
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  1. 1.Department of Child and Family StudiesUniversity of TennesseeKnoxville

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