ERIC Number: EJ942179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Parent-Child Emotional Communication and Children's Coping in Middle Childhood
Gentzler, Amy L.; Contreras-Grau, Josefina M.; Kerns, Kathryn A.; Weimer, Barbara L.
Social Development, v14 n4 p591-612 Nov 2005
Parent-child communication regarding children's negative emotions and coping were examined in a sample of 75 5th graders (53% boys) and their mothers and fathers. We predicted that emotionally open communication between a parent and his or her child would be related to children's use of constructive coping strategies. Parents reported on how they react to their child's negative emotions, and children reported on how much they share their negative feelings with each parent. Additionally, emotional communication was measured during a parent-child discussion task involving an event that was upsetting to the child. The results indicated that emotional communication, as reported by mothers, fathers, and children, as well as mother-child observed communication, were related to children's coping strategies. The findings point to a need to assess emotional communication using multiple measures that tap both the child's and the parents' perspectives and that use different methodologies.
Descriptors: Mothers, Coping, Grade 5, Fathers, Parent Child Relationship, Emotional Response, Elementary School Students, Negative Attitudes, Task Analysis, Parent Attitudes, Measures (Individuals)
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