Emotional Development

This micro skills course looks at the process of emotional development with a description of the basic emotions, when they first appear, and what they mean. We will look at how infants learn to discriminate between emotions and develop secondary emotions. We will describe the importance of parenting in emotional development. We will look at higher-order processes such as empathy and the child becoming aware and understanding their own thinking (metacognition). We will also look at gender differences in emotional development, particularly during adolescence. The micro skills course ends with an overview of environmental and genetic factors that can affect emotional development.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of General Practitioners

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe the key stages of emotional development from birth to adolescence
  3. Describe normal variations in emotional growth, and the main contributions to this variation
  4. Describe key gender differences in emotional development
  5. Recognise how adversity in its many forms can affect emotional development
  6. Recognise when behaviour seen in children and young people is a likely cause for greater concern and extra professional input
  7. This session uses self assessments that help you check what you have learnt. You do not have to use them and your answers are not seen by anyone else.

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.