ERIC Number: EJ696984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
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Emotion Socialization in Families of Children with an Anxiety Disorder
Suveg, Cynthia; Zeman, Janice; Flannery-Schroeder, Ellen; Cassano, Michael
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v33 n2 p145 Apr 2005
Compared emotion socialization in 26 children with anxiety disorders ages 8-12 years and their mothers to 26 nonclinical counterparts without psychopathology. Children and their mothers participated in an emotion interaction task in which they discussed occasions when the child felt worry, sadness, and anger. Responses were coded for length of discussion, proportion of words spoken by child vs. mother, frequency of positive and negative emotion words, explanatory discussion of emotion, and maternal facilitation of emotion discussion. Children and their mothers also completed the Expressiveness and Control scales of the Family Environment Scale. Results indicated that mothers of children with an anxiety disorder spoke loss frequently than their child, used significantly fewer positive emotion words, and discouraged their children's emotion discussions more than did mothers of nonclinical children. Nonclinical children and their mothers indicated significantly more emotional expressiveness in their families than did children with an anxiety disorder and their mothers. These results highlight the potential role of truncated family emotional expressivity in the emotional development and functioning of children with an anxiety disorder.
Descriptors: Psychopathology, Family Environment, Socialization, Mothers, Emotional Development, Anxiety, Emotional Response, Children, Parent Child Relationship
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Environment Scale