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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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Abstract

MINERVINO, Carla Alexandra da Silva Moita; DIAS, Maria da Graça Bompastor Borges; SILVEIRA, Natércia Janine Dantas da  and  ROAZZI, Antonio. Emotions on the streets: application of the Test of Emotions Comprehension in children working on the streets. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.2, pp. 354-361. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722010000200018.

The goal of the current research was to examine the development of nine components of emotions. For this purpose, 67 children, between 4 and 12 years old, who were found informally working on the streets of two cities in the Northeast of Brazil were interviewed. Children were given a version of the Test of Emotion Comprehension (TEC) to assess their understanding of nine different aspects of emotions. The collection of data happened in the space of the street. The results revealed that the oldest children obtained better results than the youngest ones. But these differences were not significant. It was observed that the TEC was well accepted by the investigated children and it is revealed as an instrument of easy use that reaches its objectives.

Keywords : Children in street situation; Emotions; TEC.

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