The development of young children's emotion regulation and their mothers' coping strategies

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dc.contributor Curtner-Smith, Mary Elizabeth
dc.contributor Allen, Rebecca S.
dc.contributor.advisor Hernandez-Reif, Maria Schaefers, Kelly Wilson 2017-03-01T17:38:01Z 2017-03-01T17:38:01Z 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002137
dc.identifier.other Schaefers_alatus_0004M_12519
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study sought to establish correlations between maternal emotion regulation strategies and children’s emotion regulation understanding. Ninety-seven children three-to-six years old, together with their mothers, participated. Mothers completed the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) and Vignette and Strategy Questionnaire (VSQ) to report on their use of six emotion regulation strategies (reappraisal, suppression, passive, expressing, problem-solving, and seeking). Children participated in a puppet task designed to measure the child’s ability to identify healthy emotion regulation strategies. A multiple linear regression using the child’s age, the six maternal emotion regulation strategies, and the child’s performance on the puppet task revealed that only the child’s age significantly predicted performance. Positive correlations were found between reappraisal use and expressing, problem-solving, and seeking strategies. Suppression was negatively correlated with expressing. Contrary to expectations, passive strategy use did not correlate to either reappraisal or suppression. The findings suggest that mothers' coping strategies do not seem to impact young children's emotion regulation. Rather, young children's knowledge of healthy ways to control emotions appears to develop with age.
dc.format.extent 32 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
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dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Individual & family studies
dc.subject.other Behavioral sciences
dc.title The development of young children's emotion regulation and their mothers' coping strategies
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies Human Development and Family Studies The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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