Jealousy in Infants

Laboratory Research on Differential Treatment

  • Sybil L. Hart

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Child Development book sub series (BRIEFSCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sybil L. Hart
    Pages 1-5
  3. Sybil L. Hart
    Pages 23-33
  4. Sybil L. Hart
    Pages 35-43
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 45-57

About this book


This Brief synthesizes findings from recent experiments on jealousy in infants with insights from pioneering thinkers in developmental science. It discusses attachment issues, status of jealousy as an emotion and as a feature of temperament, underpinnings in social cognition, the development of adaptive versus maladaptive presentations, and facets of  jealousy that may be part of a normal repertoire of coping strategies. This unique volume also identifies facial, vocal, and bodily responses associated with jealousy as well as situations of differential treatment by caregivers that may bring them about. This knowledge is as useful in studying children's emotional development as it is in addressing jealousy-based challenges in growing families.

Among the featured topics: 

  • Jealousy in infants, defended and defined.
  • A theory of jealousy as temperament.
  • Sadness, anger, fear, and love.
  • Individual differences and normativity.
  • Child and contextual influences on individual differences.
  • Implications for clinical intervention: preparing for a sibling's arrival.

Jealousy in Infants is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students in developmental psychology, infant mental health, and social psychology.


Child mental health and jealousy Developmental psychopathology Expectant siblings Infant mental health and jealousy Infants and jealousy Infants’ development of jealousy Infants’ response to differential treatment Jealousy protest in infants Parent-offspring conflict Sibling arrival and infant jealousy Sibling rivalry and infant jealousy

Authors and affiliations

  • Sybil L. Hart
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-10451-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-10452-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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