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ERIC Number: EJ1085734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: EISSN-2073-7629
Parental Socialization of Emotion: How Mothers Respond to Their Children's Emotions in Turkey
Ersay, Ebru
International Journal of Emotional Education, v6 n1 p33-46 Apr 2014
Several research studies suggest a link between parents' emotion socialization and children's social competence and behavior problems. Parents contribute to their children's emotion socialization, more directly, through responses to their children's emotions. Early emotion socialization experiences with parents establish patterns of emotion experience, expression, and regulation that children carry into their broader social circles. Few scales exist to document parents' responses to children's emotions. The aim of this study was to document mothers' responses to their children's sadness, anger, fear, and being overjoyed. A study sample of 868 mothers of preschoolers completed the questionnaire in Turkey. The validity and reliability properties of the Responses to Children's Emotions (RCE) Questionnaire were also examined. We found that mothers in Turkey preferred to respond differently to children's different emotions. Mothers' responses generally did not differ according to the gender of their children; the only difference was found for sadness. Mothers' responses to their children's emotions related to the children's and mothers' ages, monthly family income, levels of mothers' education, mothers' employment status, birth order of children, and the city they lived in. This study is important in that it is the first to document mothers' emotion socialization strategies for their children in terms of one positive and three negative emotions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey