ERIC Number: EJ697759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Playing It Cool: Temperament, Emotion Regulation, and Social Behavior in Preschoolers
Blair, Kimberly A.; Denham, Susanne A.; Kochanoff, Anita; Whipple, Beth
Journal of School Psychology, v42 n6 p419-443 Nov 2004
The contributions of temperamental styles and emotional coping strategies to the development of preschoolers' social competence and behavior problems were investigated. The ability to cope with emotion was found to be more important than temperament alone in the development of prosocial behavior. Our results indicate that the use of passive coping strategies may play a significant role in the development of maladaptive behaviors in young children. Specifically, the use of passive coping strategies was found to moderate the relationship between temperament dimensions in predicting externalizing and internalizing maladaptive behaviors. When combined with extremely negative temperamental dispositions, just facing the problems was discovered to be beneficial for preschoolers, which encourages the use of preventative or interventional strategies in the classroom to develop constructive emotion regulation skills in young children.
Descriptors: Personality, Interpersonal Competence, Behavior Problems, Young Children, Prosocial Behavior, Coping
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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