ERIC Number: ED263994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Maternal Emotional Responsiveness and Its Relation to Toddlers' Social-Emotional Competence and Expression of Emotion.
Denham, Susanne A.
Preschoolers' expression of various emotions and overall social-emotional competency may be related to mothers' emotional responsivemness to children's emotions. This research investigated, through extended naturalistic observation, (1) how maternal emotion displays differ according to antecedent child emotion (happy, sad, angry, or afraid) and (2) the prediction of particular emotions expressed by the child and of ratings of the child's social-emotional competence (when the mother was absent) by prevalence of maternal emotions, maternal responses to the child's emotion, and maternal psychosocial functioning. Subjects were 29 mother-toddler pairs. Multiple regression analyses showed that an aggregate of maternal emotional dialogue components, maternal current functioning, and/or prevalent maternal emotions were efficient predictors, in combination, of children's various emotions and of children's social-emotional competence. Implications regarding the mother-child affective environment, socialization of emotion and social competency, and developmental methodology are discussed. (Author/DST)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: An abridged version of this paper was presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 25-28, 1985). For a related document, see PS 015 462.