Mother-child affect and emotion socialization processes across the late preschool period: Predictions of emerging behaviour problems

Rebecca P. Newland, Keith Crnic

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Abstract

The current study examined concurrent and longitudinal relations between maternal negative affective behaviour and child negative emotional expression in preschool age children with (n=96) or without (n=126) an early developmental risk, as well as the predictions of later behaviour problems. Maternal negative affective behaviour, child externalizing emotional expression, and child internalizing emotional expression were observed during a number of lab tasks at child ages 4 and 5, and child externalizing and internalizing behaviour problems were assessed via maternal questionnaire at age 6. Path analyses using structural equation modeling were utilized to test the relations among the variables at ages 4, 5, and 6. A parent-driven model of emotion socialization emerged, wherein stronger relations were found among maternal negative affect and child externalizing emotions and behaviours than among maternal negative affect and child internalizing emotions and behaviours. Early child risk did not appear to alter the overall emotion socialization process, although higher levels of maternal and child negativity were observed for the children with a developmental risk. Results underscore the complexity of emotion socialization processes throughout the preschool period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-388
Number of pages18
JournalInfant and Child Development
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Behaviour problems
  • Child development
  • Emotion socialization
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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