Child Development Lab

Department of Psychology

Publications

2010 - Current


  • Denham, S. A. (in press). Assessment of social-emotional learning in educational contexts. In The handbook of social and emotional learning J. Durlak, R. W. Weissburg, and T. P. Gullotta (Eds.). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Brown, C. A., Way, E., & Steed, J. (in press). "I know how you feel”: Preschoolers’ emotion knowledge contributes to early school success. Journal of Early Childhood Research.

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Kalb, S. C., Warren-Khot, H. K., & Zinsser, K. (in press). “How would you feel? What would you do?” Development and underpinnings of preschoolers’ social information processing. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.

  • Denham, S. A., & Zinsser, K. M. (in press). Promoting social and emotional learning in early childhood. In T. P. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Encyclopedia of prevention and health promotion. 2nd edition. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, NY.

  • Morris, C. A. S., Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Curby, T. W. (in press). Relations among teachers' emotion socialization beliefs and practices, and preschoolers' emotional competence. Early Education and Development.

  • Sirotkin, Y. S., Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Zinsser, K. (in press). Keep calm and carry on: The importance of children’s emotional positivity and regulation for success in Head Start. NHSA Dialog.

  • Bailey, C. S., Denham, S. A., & Curby, T. W. (2013). Questioning as a component of scaffolding in predicting emotion knowledge in preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care, 183, 265-279. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2012.671815

  • Bailey, C. S., Zinsser, K. M., Curby, T. W., Denham, S. A., & Bassett, H. H. (2013). Consistently emotionally supportive preschool teachers and children’s social-emotional learning in the classroom: Implications for center directors and teachers. NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16(2), 131-173.

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Sirotkin, Y. S., & Zinsser, K. (2013). Head Start preschoolers' emotional positivity and emotion regulation predict their social-emotion behavior, classroom adjustment, and early school success. NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16(2), 18-33.

  • Denham, S. A., Kalb, S. C., Way, E., Warren-Khot, H. K., Rhoades, B. L, & Bassett, H. H. (2013). Social and emotional information processing in preschoolers: Indicator of early school success? Early Child Development and Care. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2012.682728

  • Denham, S. A., Way, E., Kalb, S. C., Warren-Khot, H. K., & Bassett, H. H. (2013). Preschoolers' social information processing and school readiness: The Challenging Situations Task. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 31, 180-197 doi: 10.1111/j.2044-835X.2012.02085.x

  • Herndon, K. J., Bailey, C. S., Shewark, E., Denham, S. A., & Bassett, H. H. (2013). Preschoolers’ emotion expression and regulation: Relations with school adjustment. Journal of Genetic Psychology. doi: 10.1080/00221325.2012.759525

  • Sirotkin, Y. S., Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Zinsser, K. (2013). Keep calm and carry on: The importance of children’s emotional positivity and regulation for success in Head Start. NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16(2), 113-119.

  • Zinsser, K, Bailey, C. S., Curby, T. W., Denham, S. A., & Bassett, H. H. (2013). Exploring the predictable classroom: Preschool teacher stress, emotional supportiveness, and student’s social-emotional behavior in private and Head Start classrooms. NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16(2), 90-108.

  • Bassett, H. H., Denham, S. A., Mincic, M. M., & Graling, K. (2012). The structure of preschoolers' emotion knowledge: Model equivalence and validity using an SEM approach. Early Education and Development, 23, 259-279. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2012.630825

  • Bassett, H. H., Denham, S. A., Wyatt, T., & Warren-Khot, H. K. (2012). Refining the Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment (PSRA) for use in preschool classrooms. Infant and Child Development, 21, 596–616. doi: 10.1002/icd.1763

  • Denham, S. A. (2012). Research trends in early childhood education during the 21st century: Topical themes & methodologies. International Journal Early Childhood Education, 18(2), 5-24.

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Mincic, M.M., Kalb, S. C., Way, E., Wyatt, T., & Segal, Y. (2012). Social-emotional learning profiles of preschoolers' early school success: A person-centered approach. Learning and Individual Differences, 22, 178–189. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2011.05.001

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Thayer, S. K., Mincic, M., Sirotkin, Y.S, & Zinsser, K. (2012). Observing preschoolers’ social-emotional behavior: Structure, foundations, and prediction of early school success. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 173, 246-278. doi: 10.1080/00221325.2011.597457

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Mincic, M., Zinsser, K., & Graling, K.  (2012). Preschoolers’ emotion knowledge: Self-regulatory foundations, and predictions of early school success. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 667-679. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2011.602049

  • Denham, Susanne A.; Bassett, Hideko H.; and Zinsser, Katherine (2012) Computerizing Social-emotional assessment for school readiness: First steps toward an assessment battery for early childhood settings, Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 3: Iss. 2, Article 3.

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Zinsser, K.  (2012).  Early childhood teachers as socializers of young children's emotional competence. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40, 137-143. doi: 10.1007/s10643-012-0504-2

  • Denham, S. A., Warren-Khot, H. K., Bassett, H. H., Wyatt, T., & Perna, A. (2011). Factor structure of self-regulation in preschoolers: Testing models of a field-based assessment for predicting early school readiness. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111, 386-404. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2011.10.002

  • Denham, S. A., & Zinsser, K.M., & Brown, C. A. (2012). The emotional basis of learning and development in early childhood education. In B. Spodek & O. Saracho (Eds.), Handbook of research on the education of young children (3nd Ed., pp. 67-88). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

  • Maló-Machado, P, Verissimo, M., Denham, S. (2012) O teste de Conhecimento das Emoções para crianças de idade pré-escolar. Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnóstico e Avaliação Psicológica. Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnóstico e Avaliação Psicológica, 34, 201-222

  • Denham, S. A., Bailey, C. S., & Zinsser, K. M. (2011).  Emotional intelligence in the first 5 years of life. In Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, R. E. Tremblay, R. DeV. Peters, M. Boivin, & R. G. Barr (Eds). Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. www.child-encyclopedia.com

  • Denham, S. A., Warren, H. K., von Salisch, M., Benga, O., Chin, J-C., & Geangu, E. (2011). Emotions and peer relationships. In C. Hart & P. K. Smith (Eds.), Wiley/Blackwell Handbook of childhood social development, 2nd edition (pp. 413-433). NY: Blackwell Publishers. doi: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch22

  • Denham, S. A. (2010). Emotion regulation: Now you see it, now you don’t. Emotion Review, 297-299.

  • Denham, S. A., Ji, P. & Hamre, B. (2010). Compendium of social-emotional learning and associated assessment measures. Chicago, IL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.

  • Denham, S. A. (2010). Introduction. Gli esordi della competenza emotiva.Strumenti di studio e di valutazione (a cura di Emma Baumgartner) (pp. 8-10). MilanoL L.E.D.

  • Denham, S. A., Brown, C. A., & Domitrovich, C. E.  (2010). "Plays nice with others": Social-emotional learning and academic success.  In special issue, H. Teglasi (Ed.), Overlaps between socioemotional and academic development, Early Education and Development, 21, 652-680.doi:10.1080/10409289.2010.497450

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Wyatt, T. M. (2010).Gender differences in the socialization of preschoolers’ emotional competence. In A. Kennedy Root & S. Denham (Eds.),The role of gender in the socialization of emotion: Key concepts and critical issues. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 128 29-49.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Root, A. K., & Denham, S. A. (2010). The role of gender in the socialization of emotion: Key concepts and critical issues. In A. K. Root & S. A. Denham (eds.), The role of parent and child gender in the socialization of emotional competence. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

2000 - 2009


  • Denham, S., Bassett, H., Kalb, S. C., Mincic, M., Wyatt, T., Graling, K., & Warren, H. K. (2009). How preschoolers' social andc emotional competence predicts their school-readiness: Development of competency-based assessments. Advances in SEL Research Newsletter, 3(1), 11-13.

  • Denham, S. A., & Warren, H. K.  (2009). The development of affect in childhood. In K. Scherer & D. Sander (Eds.), Oxford companion to the affective sciences, pp. 84-85.  London: Oxford University Press

  • Denham, S. A., Wyatt, T., Bassett, H. H., Echeverria, D., & Knox, S.  (2009). Assessing social-emotional development in children from a longitudinal  perspective. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63, 37-52. doi: 10.1136/jech.2007.070797

  • Jennings, P. A., Denham, S. A., Ji, P., & Weissberg, R. P.  (2008).  Assessment of social, emotional, and academic learning with preschool and elementary-school children discussion forum report.  Garrison Institite: Garrison, NY. http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/component/docman/doc_download/12-assessment-for-preschool-and-elementary-school-social-emotional-and-academic-learning-oct-2007?Itemid=66

  • Denham, S. A., & Graling, K. (2008). “Play nice”: Kindergarteners with social skills more likely to succeed. Advances in SEL Research Newsletter, 1(2), 11.

  • Rose-Krasnor, L., & Denham, S. A. (2008). Social and emotional competence in early childhood.  In K. H. Rubin, W. Bukowski, & B. Laursen (Eds.), Handbook of Peer Relationships (pp. 613-637). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Warren, H. K., Bassett, H. H., & Denham, S. A.  (2008). Early emotional development, social cognition, and relationships with others. Zero to Three, May, 32-39.

  • Denham, S. A.  (2007). Dealing with feelings: How children negotiate the worlds of emotions and social relationships. Cognitie Creier Comportament, 11 1-48.

  • Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Wyatt, T. (2007). The socialization of emotional competence. In J. Grusec & P. Hastings (Eds.), The handbook of socialization (pp. 614-637). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Denham, S. A. (2006). Social-emotional competence as support for school readiness: What is it and how do we assess it? Early Education and Development, Special Issue: Measurement of School Readiness, 17,57-89. doi: 10.1207/s15566935eed1701_4

  • Denham, S. A. (2006). Emotional competence in preschoolers: Implications for social functioning. In J. Luby (Ed.), Handbook of Preschool Mental Health: Development, Disorders and Treatment (pp. 23-44). New York: Guilford.

  • Denham, S. A. (2005). The emotional basis of learning and development in early childhood education. In B. Spodek (Ed.), Handbook of research in early childhood education, (pp. 85-103). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

  • Denham, S. A., Neal, K., Wilson, B. J., Pickering, S. R., & Boyatzis, C. (2005). Emotional development and forgiveness in children: Emerging evidence. In E. Worthington (Ed.),Handbook of forgiveness (pp. 127-142).New York: Brunner-Rtledge.

  • Blair, K. A., Denham, S. A., Kochanoff, A., & Whipple, B. (2004). Playing it cool: Temperament, emotion regulation, and social behavior in preschoolers. Journal of School Psychology, 42,419-443. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2004.10.002

  • Denham, S. A., Caal, S., Bassett, H. H., Benga, O, & Geangu, E. ( 2004). Listening to parents: Cultural variations in the meaning of emotions and emotion socialization. Cognitie Creier Comportament,  8,321-350

  • Bridges, L. J., Denham, S. A., & Ganiban, J. M (2004). Definitional Issues in Emotion Regulation Research. Child Development. 75, 340-345. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2004.00675.x

  • Denham, S. A., Blair, K. A., DeMulder, E., Levitas, J., Sawyer, K. S., Auerbach-Major, S. T., & Queenan, P. (2003). Preschoolers’ emotional competence: Pathway to social competence?  Child Development, 74, 238-256. doi: 10.1111/1467-8624.00533

  • Denham, S. A. (2003) A new vision for early education & development. Early Education & Development, 14, 4 — 6. doi: 10.1207/s15566935eed1401_1

  • Denham, S. A., Mason, T., Kochanoff, A., Neal, K., & Hamada, H. (2003). Emotional development. In Dawn Cavalieri, (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family Relationships, Second Edition. New York: Macmillan.

  • Denham, S. A., & Kochanoff, A. T (2002). Parental contributions to preschoolers' understanding of emotion. Marriage & Family Review, R. Fabes, special issue editor, 34, 311-343. doi: 10.1300/J002v34n03_06

  • Strandberg-Sawyer, K., Denham, S. A., DeMulder, E., Blair, K. A., Auerbach-Major, S. T., & Levitas, J. (2002). The contribution of older siblings’ reactions to emotions to preschoolers’ emotional and social competence. Marriage & Family Review, R. Fabes, special issue editor, 34, 183-212. doi: 10.1300/J002v34n03_01

  • Denham, S. A., Blair, K. A., Schmidt, M.S., & DeMulder, E. (2002). Compromised emotional competence: Seeds of violence sown early? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 72, 70-82. doi: 10.1037/0002-9432.72.1.70

  • Denham, S. A., Caverly, S., Schmidt, M., Blair, K., DeMulder, E., Caal, S., Hamada, H., & Mason, T.  (2002). Angry and aggressive children and emotional perspective taking ability. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 43, 901-916.doi: 10.1111/1469-7610.00139

  • Denham, S. A., von Salisch, M., Olthof, T., Kochanoff, A., & Caverly, S. (2002). Emotions and peer relationships. In C. Hart & P. K. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of child social development. NY: Blackwell Publishers.

  • Schmidt, M. E., Demulder, E. K., & Denham, S. (2002). Kindergarten social-emotional competence: Developmental predictors and psychosocial implications. Early Child Development & Care, 172, 451-462. doi: 10.1080/03004430214550

  • Denham, S. A. (2001). Dealing with feelings: Foundations and consequences of young children's emotional competence. Early Education & Development. 12, 5-10. doi: 10.1207/s15566935eed1201_1

  • Denham, S. A., Mason, T., Caverly, S., Schmidt, M., Hackney, R., Caswell, R., & DeMulder, E. (2001). Preschoolers at play: Co-Socializers of emotional and social competence. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 25, 290-301. doi: 10.1080/016502501143000067

  • Halberstadt, A., Denham, S. A., & Dunsmore, J. (2001). Affective social competence. Social Development. 10, 79-119. doi: 10.1111/1467-9507.00150

  • DeMulder, E., Denham, S. A., Schmidt, M., & Mitchell-Copeland, J. (2000). Q-sort  assessment of attachment security during the preschool years: Links from home to school. Developmental Psychology, 36, 274-282. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.36.2.274

  • Denham, S. A., Workman, E., Cole, P., Weissbrod, C., Kendziora, K., & Zahn-Waxler, C. (2000). Parental contributions to externalizing and internalizing patterns in young children at risk for conduct disorder. Development and Psychopathology, 12, 23-45. doi: 10.1017/S0954579400001024

1990 - 1999

  • Burton, R., & Denham, S. D. (1999). "Are you my friend?": A qualitative analysis of a social-emotional intervention for at-risk four-year-olds. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 12, 210-224. doi: 10.1080/02568549809594885

  • Denham, S. A. (1997). "When I have a bad dream, Mommy holds me": Preschoolers' consequential thinking about emotions and social competence. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 20, 301-319. doi: 10.1080/016502597385351

  • Denham, S. A., Mitchell-Copeland, Strandberg, K., Auerbach, S., & Blair, K. (1997). Parental contributions to preschoolers' emotional competence: direct and indirect effects. Motivation and Emotion, 27, 65-86. doi: 10.1023/A:1024426431247

  • Mitchell-Copeland, J., Denham, S. A., & DeMulder, E. (1997). Child-teacher attachment and social competence. Early Education and Development, 8, 27-39. doi: 10.1207/s15566935eed0801_3

  • Denham, S. A., & Burton, R. (1996). Social-emotional interventions for at-risk preschoolers. Journal of School Psychology, 34, 225-245. doi: 10.1016/0022-4405(96)00013-1

  • Denham, S. A., & Auerbach, S. (1995). Mother-child dialogue about emotions. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 121, 311-338.

  • Denham, S. A. (1994). Mother-child emotional communication and preschoolers' security of attachment and dependency. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 155, 119-121. doi: 10.1080/00221325.1994.9914765

  • Denham, S. A., Bouril, B., & Belouad, F. (1994). Preschoolers' understanding of challenging peer situations. Child Study Journal, 24, 1-21.

  • Denham, S. A., Renwick, S., & Hewes, S. (1994). Emotional communication between mothers and preschoolers: Relations with social-emotional competence. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 40, 488-508.

  • Denham, S. A., Zoller, D. & Couchoud, E. A. (1994). Socialization of preschoolers' emotion understanding. Developmental Psychology, 30, 928-936. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.30.6.928

  • Denham, S. A. (1993). Maternal emotional responsiveness and toddlers' social-emotional competence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 34, 715-728.doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1993.tb01066.x

  • Denham, S. A., & Grout, L. (1993). Socialization of emotion: Pathway to preschoolers' affect regulation and emotion knowledge. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 17, 205-227. doi: 10.1007/BF00986120

  • Denham, S. A., & Holt, R. (1993). Preschoolers' likability as cause or consequence of their social behavior. Developmental Psychology, 29, 271-275. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.29.2.271

  • Denham, S. A., & McKinley, M. J. (1993). Sociometric nominations of preschoolers: A psychometric analysis. Early Education and Development, 4, 109-122. doi: 10.1207/s15566935eed0402_3

  • Denham, S. A., Cook, M., Zoller, D. (1992). "Baby looks very sad": Implications of conversations about feelings between mother and preschooler. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 10, 301-315. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-835X.1992.tb00579.x

  • Denham, S. A., & Grout, L. (1992). Mothers' emotional expressiveness andcoping: Topography and relations with preschoolers' social-emotionalcompetence. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 118, 75-101.

  • Denham, S. A., & Couchoud, E. A. (1991). Social-emotional predictors of preschoolers' responses to adult negative emotion. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 32, 595-608. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1991.tb00337.x

  • Denham, S. A., Renwick, S., & Holt, R. (1991). Working and playing together: Prediction of preschool social-emotional competence from mother-child interaction. Child Development, 62, 242-249. doi: 10.2307/1131000

  • Denham, S. A., Zahn-Waxler, C, Cummings, E. M., & Iannotti, R. J. (1991). Social competence in young children's peer relationships: Patterns of development and change. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 22, 29-43. doi: 10.1007/BF00706057

  • Denham, S. A., & Zoller, D. (1991). "When my hamster died, I cried": Preschoolers' attributions of the causes of emotions. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 152, 371-373. doi: 10.1080/00221325.1991.9914693

  • Denham, S. A., & Couchoud, E. A. (1990). Young preschoolers' understanding of emotions. Child Study Journal, 20, 171-192.

  • Denham, S. A., & Couchoud, E. A. (1990). Young preschoolers' ability to identify emotions in equivocal situations.Child Study Journal, 20, 193-202.

  • Denham, S. A., McKinley, M. J., Couchoud, E. A., & Holt, R.   (1990). Emotional and behavioral predictors of preschool peer ratings. Child Development, 61, 1145-1152. doi: 10.2307/1130882

1980 - 1989

  • Denham, S. A. (1989). Maternal affect and toddlers' social-emotional competence.American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 59, 368-376. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb01672.x

  • Denham, S. A., and Almeida, M. C. (1987). Children's social problem-solving skills, behavioral adjustment, and interventions: A meta-analysis evaluating theory and practice. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 8, 391-409. doi: 10.1016/0193-3973(87)90029-3

  • Denham, S. A. (1986). Social cognition, prosocial behavior, and emotion in preschoolers: Contextual validation. Child Development, 57, 194-201. doi: 10.2307/1130651

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