Relationships Between Mothers' Understanding of Emotion Utilization, Emotion Regulation, and Parenting Practices

Relationships Between Mothers' Understanding of Emotion Utilization, Emotion Regulation, and Parenting Practices

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Relationships between mothers' understanding of the adaptive functions of emotions (emotion utilization) and their emotion risk factors (depression, difficulties with emotion regulation, and negative emotionality) were examined. Additionally, relationships between these variables and mothers self-reported parenting practices were analyzed. A sample of 57 caregiver-child dyads, the majority from a low-income minority population, was assessed. Results showed that mothers' negative emotionality predicted greater difficulties with emotion regulation, but that greater understanding of the adaptive functions of emotions/emotion utilization moderated this effect. Additionally, higher scores on emotion risk variables predicted less use of positive parenting practices (nurturing and reasoning) and higher reports of negative parenting practices (tendency to let problems go and inconsistency). However, greater understanding of the adaptive functions of emotions/emotion utilization buffered these detrimental effects. The potential implications for psychopathology treatment and parenting programs are discussed.... the collaborating Head Start system that serves the small urban area of Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding suburban areas. ... From this pool of 78, 44 caregivers were interviewed and administered the battery of caregiver measures used for the larger study. ... Contacted caregivers had given prior consent for their children to participate in the 2006-2007 phase of our larger intervention study. 7.


Title:Relationships Between Mothers' Understanding of Emotion Utilization, Emotion Regulation, and Parenting Practices
Author:E. Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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