ERIC Number: EJ835880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Thinking about Feelings: Emotion Focus in the Parenting of Children with Early Developmental Risk
Baker, J. K.; Crnic, K. A.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v53 n5 p450-462 May 2009
Background: Children with developmental delays exhibit more difficulty with certain emotional processes than their typically developing peers, which seems to partially account for the increased risk for the development of social problems in this population. Despite considerable study with typically developing populations, research on parental emotion socialisation in families of children with delays is scarce. This study examined the degree to which parents of children with early delays prioritised emotion relative to other important areas of child development and the degree to which they focused on emotion during relevant interactions with their children. Method: Families of 8-year-old children with (n = 42) and without (n = 89) early developmental delays completed questionnaires and interviews, and participated in a parent-child emotion discourse task. Results: As predicted, parents of children with developmental delays reported lower prioritisation of emotion and focused less on emotion during discourse than did parents of typically developing children. A model was supported in which a pathway existed from developmental status through prioritisation to emotion focus. Emotion focus, in turn, predicted children's social skills as reported on by multiple informants. Conclusions: Parents of children with early developmental delays may focus upon emotion less in their parenting than parents of typically developing children, and related behaviours show associations with children's social skill outcomes. Findings are discussed as an initial step in thinking about the role of emotion socialisation in the families of children with delays.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Questionnaires, Parents, Developmental Delays, Psychological Patterns, Interpersonal Competence, Child Development, Emotional Development, Emotional Response, Parent Attitudes, Socialization, Comparative Analysis, Parenting Styles
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