ERIC Number: EJ870053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Reference Count: 44
Methods of, and Reasons for, Emotional Expression and Control in Children with Internalizing, Externalizing, and Somatic Problems in Urban India
Raval, Vaishali V.; Martini, Tanya S.; Raval, Pratiksha H.
Social Development, v19 n1 p93-112 Feb 2010
Although cross-cultural research concerning children's emotions is growing, few studies have examined emotion dysregulation in culturally diverse populations. This study compared 6- to 8-year-old children's reported methods of expressing and controlling anger, sadness, and physical pain, and their justifications for doing so across four groups in urban India: those with internalizing problems (N = 31), externalizing problems (N = 32), somatic complaints (N = 25), and an asymptomatic control group (N = 32). Results revealed that in comparison to physical pain, Indian children were less likely to report expressing anger and sadness through direct facial/verbal means. Control-group children reported expressing anger and sadness through indirect verbal cues more so than pain, whereas the internalizing and externalizing groups considered their expressions of anger and sadness uncontrollable and reported crying and utilizing aggressive behaviors, respectively, more than the control group. The somatic complaints group considered emotions trivial and reported withdrawing more than the control group.
Descriptors: Control Groups, Cues, Pain, Foreign Countries, Psychological Patterns, Urban Areas, Comparative Analysis, Cognitive Processes, Aggression, Self Control, Verbal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Withdrawal (Psychology), Children, Behavior Problems
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Identifiers - Location: India