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ERIC Number: ED342469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 23
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Autonomic Reactivity to Social Challenge as a Function of Differences in Interpersonal Schemas.
Bugental, Daphne Blunt
Individual differences in the regulatory processes involved in managing difficult interpersonal interactions were investigated. Interpersonal systems that easily escalate to produce coercive or violent encounters in adult-child relationships were of particular interest. Adults who were predisposed to view adult-child interactions as containing threat were studied. The study, in which 160 mothers participated, involved a computer maze game and computer-simulated child behavior. Autonomic, cognitive, and behavioral measures were compared. Findings suggest that threat-oriented adults have an exaggerated response to potentially challenging encounters with children and may easily generate the hypothesis that interactions with children may be difficult. Because they assume a defensive response, threat-oriented adults are less able to shape their responses in a flexible fashion to the actual characteristics of a particular child. Contains 11 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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