Social Emotional Development

Birth- age 2


  • Refers to quality and intensity of emotional reactions
  • irritability and passivity are apart of this
  • Passivity is how activity the child is involved with its surroundings
  • passive infant withdraws while active infant responds
  • Differ in level of irritability or tendency feeling distressed
  • activity patterns vary in infants

Changes over time

  • Birth to three months
  1. no refined emotions
  2. may show excitement/looking alert
  3. Distress= crying