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Title: MATERNAL EMOTION REGULATION, EMOTION SOCIALIZATION ATTITUDES AND CHILD INTERNALIZING PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Authors: GOH YI SIN
Keywords: maternal emotion regulation, emotion socialization, child internalizing psychopathology
Issue Date: 10-Apr-2018
Citation: GOH YI SIN (2018-04-10). MATERNAL EMOTION REGULATION, EMOTION SOCIALIZATION ATTITUDES AND CHILD INTERNALIZING PSYCHOPATHOLOGY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Maternal emotion regulation (ER) is linked to various child outcomes. This study investigated the direct relationship between maternal ER and child internalizing psychopathology in a sample of treatment-seeking children and adolescents. Also, mothers’ emotion socialization attitudes were examined as a mediator of the relationship between maternal ER and child internalizing psychopathology. A convenient sample of 61 mother-child dyads was recruited from an outpatient psychiatric clinic and completed surveys assessing participants’ demographic information, maternal ER, mothers’ emotion socialization attitudes and child internalizing symptoms. Mediation analyses were conducted with child age and gender as covariates. Findings showed a direct positive association between mothers’ use of avoidant ER strategies and child self-reported depression. However, no other significant direct relationships were found between maternal ER and child internalizing psychopathology. Further, mothers’ uncertain or ineffective emotion socialization style positively mediated most relationships between less maternal ER ability and child internalizing psychopathology. These novel findings contribute to the research literature on ER. They also provide empirical evidence to show that parenting programs should target both mothers’ ER and their uncertain or ineffective style of emotion socialization as such intervention programs are likely to reduce internalizing difficulties in treatment-seeking children and adolescents.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/147219
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