An Evaluation of a Tool to Solicit Information on the Expression of Emotion in Spain

Open Access
Neumaier, Meredith Rae
Area of Honors:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dr. Krista Wilkinson, Thesis Supervisor
  • Dr. Ingrid Blood, Honors Advisor
  • Emotion
  • Spain
  • Down syndrome
  • Expression
This thesis researched the differences in emotion expression between Spain and other countries. I have described a tool for soliciting information on emotion expression in the household of a child with a disability. An initial test of the instrument was done while studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. I have evaluated specific vocabulary employed in the tool altered by professors. Lastly, I have compared the characteristics of Down syndrome I discovered through this test to those stated in the United States. The results showed that collectivist culture tendencies impact emotion understanding. Important modifications to the EDEC tool have been made in order to improve grammar and vocabulary. Finally, through my research it has become apparent that traits of Down syndrome in the United States can be compared to those of other countries such as Spain.