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Jo Ann Abe


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE


Phone: (203) 392-6861 

Research Interests:

The role of emotions in personality development
Emotion-cognition relations
Multicultural psychology
Political psychology

Current Teaching Interests:

Personality Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Human Emotions

Publications (Peer-Reviewed Journals):

Abe, J.A. (2016).  A longitudinal study of happiness and meaning-making.  Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 489-498.

Abe, J.A. (2015).  Introduction:  Special Section to honor Carroll Izard.  Emotion Review,  7, 101-103.

Abe, J.A. (2015).  Differential emotions theory as a theory of personality development. Emotion Review, 7, 126-130.

Abe, J.A. (2012).  Cognitive-affective styles associated with position on war.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 31,212-222.

Abe, J.A. (2011).  Positive emotions, emotional intelligence, and successful experiential learning.  Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 817-822.

Abe, J.A. (2011).  Changes in Alan Greenspan’s language use across the economic cycle: A text-analysis of his testimonies and speeches.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 30, 212- 223.    

Abe, J.A. (2009).  Words that predict outstanding performance.  Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 528-531.

Abe, J.A.  (2005) The predictive validity of the five-factor model of personality with preschool age children:  A nine year follow-up study.  Journal of Research in Personality,39, 395-486.

Abe, J.A. (2004).  Shame, guilt, and personality judgment.  Journal of Research in  Personality, 38, 85-104.

Abe, J.A. (2004).  Self-esteem, perception of relationships, and emotional distress:  A  cross-cultural study.  Personal Relationships, 11, 231-247.

Izard, C.E., & Abe, J.A. (2004).  Developmental changes in facial expression of emotions in the Strange Situation during the second year of life. Emotion, 4, 251-265.

Abe, J.A., & Izard, C.E. (1999a).  A longitudinal study of emotion expression and   personality relations in early development.  Journal of Personality and Social  Psychology, 77, 566-577.

Abe, J.A., & Izard, C.E. (1999b).  The developmental functions of emotions: An analysis  in terms of differential emotions theory.  Cognition and Emotion, 13, 523-545.

Abe, J.A., & Izard, C.E. (1999). Compliance, noncompliance strategies, and the correlates of compliance in 5-year-old Japanese and American children. Social Development, 8, 1-20.

Book Chapters:

Schultz, D. Izard, C.E., & Abe, J.A. (2006).  Die emotionssysteme und die Entwicklung emotionaler Intelligenz.  In R. Schulze, P.A., P.A. Freund, & R.D. Roberts (Eds.), Internationales Handbuch der emotionalen Intelligenz.  Gottingen, Germany:  Hogrefe.  (Note:  This is a German translation of the book chapter published in 2005).

Schultz, D., Izard, C.E., & Abe, J.A.(2005).  The emotions systems and the development of emotional intelligence.  In R. Schulze & R. Roberts (Eds.), Emotional intelligenceAn international handbook (pp. 51-68). Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe Press.

Abe, J.A., Beetham, M., & Izard, C.E. (2002).  What do smiles mean?:  An analysis in terms of differential emotions theory.  In M. Abel (Ed.), An empirical reflection on the smile (pp. 83-109).  New York:  Edwin Mellen Press.

Ackerman, B.P., Abe, J.A., & Izard, C.E. (1998). Differential emotions theory: Mindful of modularity.  In M. Mascolo & S. Griffin (Eds.), What develops in emotional development? (pp. 85-106). New York: Plenum Press.

Dougherty, L., Abe, J.A., & Izard, C.E. (1996).  Differential emotions theory and emotional development in adulthood and later life.  In C. Magai & S. McFadde (Eds.), Handbook of emotion, adult development, and aging (pp. 27-41). Orlando, FL: Academic Press.