ERIC Number: EJ775657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 65
Mother- and Father-Reported Reactions to Children's Negative Emotions: Relations to Young Children's Emotional Understanding and Friendship Quality
McElwain, Nancy L.; Halberstadt, Amy G.; Volling, Brenda L.
Child Development, v78 n5 p1407-1425 Sep-Oct 2007
Mother- and father-reported reactions to children's negative emotions were examined as correlates of emotional understanding (Study 1, N = 55, 5- to 6-year-olds) and friendship quality (Study 2, N = 49, 3- to 5-year-olds). Mothers' and fathers' supportive reactions together contributed to greater child-friend coordinated play during a sharing task. Further, when one parent reported low support, greater support by the other parent was related to better understanding of emotions and less intense conflict with friends (for boys only). When one parent reported high support, however, greater support by the other parent was associated with less optimal functioning on these outcomes. Results partially support the notion that children benefit when parents differ in their reactions to children's emotions.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Young Children, Friendship, Emotional Response, Differences, Negative Attitudes, Correlation, Conflict
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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