ERIC Number: EJ1026855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Measuring Emotion Socialization in Schools
Horner, Christy G.; Wallace, Tanner L.
Journal of School Health, v83 n10 p697-703 Oct 2013
Background: Understanding how school personnel can best support students' development of communication skills around feelings is critical to long-term health outcomes. The measurement of emotion socialization in schools facilitates future research in this area; we review existing measures of emotion socialization to assess their applicability to school-based health studies. Methods: A content analysis of four emotion socialization measures was conducted. Inclusion criteria included: high frequency of use in prior research, established documentation of validity and reliability, and sufficient description of measurement procedures. Results: Four dimensions emerged as particularly salient to a measure's future relevance and applicability to school-based health studies: (1) methods of measurement; (2) mode and agent of socialization; (3) type of emotion; and (4) structure versus function of socializing behavior. Conclusion: Future measurement strategies should address (1) the structures of emotion socializing processes; (2) diverse socializing agents such as teachers, peers, and administrators; (3) the intended functions of such processes; (4) student perceptions of and responses to such processes; and (5) the complex interactions of these factors across contexts. Strategies attending to these components will permit future studies of school-based emotion socializing processes to determine how they enhance health and reduce health risks.
Descriptors: Socialization, Psychological Patterns, Measures (Individuals), Content Analysis, Measurement, Child Health, Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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