ERIC Number: EJ812840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
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Reference Count: 42
Maternal Meta-Emotion Philosophy and Adolescent Depressive Symptomatology
Katz, Lynn Fainsilber; Hunter, Erin C.
Social Development, v16 n2 p343-360 May 2007
The current study examined the relations between maternal meta-emotion philosophy and adolescent depressive symptoms, as well as general adolescent adjustment and the quality of parent-child interaction. Consistent with previous findings on children in the preschool period and middle childhood, it was expected that an emotion coaching meta-emotion philosophy would be associated with fewer depressive symptoms, higher levels of adjustment and lower frequencies and less reciprocity of aversive and dysphoric affect during mother-child interaction. Maternal meta-emotion interviews, observations of mother-child interaction and assessments of adolescent adjustment were obtained. Results indicated that mothers of adolescents with high levels of depressive symptoms were less accepting and expressive of their own emotions than were mothers of adolescents with low levels of depressive symptoms. A mother's acceptance of her own emotion was associated with fewer depressive symptoms, higher self-esteem and fewer externalizing problems in young adolescents. A mother's emotion coaching was associated with lower frequency and less likelihood of the reciprocity of aversive and dysphoric affect during mother-child interaction. Discussion highlights the role of maternal meta-emotion philosophy in creating emotional closeness in families with high and low levels of depressive symptomatology.
Descriptors: Mothers, Adolescents, Interaction, Depression (Psychology), Parent Influence, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns, Adjustment (to Environment), Parent Child Relationship, Self Esteem, Behavior Problems, Affective Behavior, Role Models
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