The relation of parental emotionality and related dispositional traits to parental expression of emotion and children's social functioning

Amanda Cumberland-Li, Nancy Eisenberg, Claire Champion, Elizabeth Gershoff, Richard A. Fabes

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test relations between parental temperamental emotionality and regulation or related personality characteristics and parental behavior, children's regulation, and children's social functioning. Mothers and fathers reported on their own personality and/or temperament and expressivity in the family (mothers only); parents and teachers rated children (71 girls and 99 boys; M age = 73 months) on their temperamental regulation, social competence, and problem behavior. Mothers also were observed interacting with their child, and behavioral measures of children's regulation were obtained. In general, high parental regulation and low negative emotionality were associated with positive developmental outcomes in children and more positive parental behaviors, and mothers' expression of positive emotion in the family mediated some of the relations of their dispositions to children's socioemotional functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-56
Number of pages30
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Emotionality
  • Parent personality
  • Regulation
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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