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ERIC Number: EJ1052218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
The Regulation of Fear: The Contribution of Inhibition and Emotion Socialisation
Root, Amy E.; Byrne, Rachel; Watson, S. Michelle
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n4 p649-659 2015
In this study, we investigated the contribution of inhibition and maternal socialisation of children's fear to observed emotion regulation during a fear induction. Fifty-three parent-child dyads (M[subscript age]?=?3.76 years) participated. Parents completed a series of questionnaires, and parent-child dyads were observed during a fear induction. Children's behaviour was coded for latency to approach the fear stimulus, expressions of fear, and regulation of emotion during the fear episode. Inhibition positively predicted orientation to mother and negatively predicted task orientation during the fear episode. In addition, the interaction between inhibition and supportive reactions to fear predicted children's engagement in distraction during the fear episode; the relation between inhibition and distraction was significant when mothers reported high levels of support to children's fear. The results indicated that mothers' supportive reactions to children's fear bolster their emotion regulatory skills.
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Language: English
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