Parent-child discussions of anger and sadness: the importance of parent and child gender during middle childhood.

Janice Zeman, Carisa Perry-Parrish, Michael Cassano

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Abstract

This chapter provides conceptual background and empirical evidence that parental emotion socialization continues well into middle childhood and is influenced by the social context. Data are presented to illustrate the influence of parent and child gender on parental socialization of emotion in 113 Caucasian, middle-class children. Mothers and fathers discussed historical sadness- and anger-eliciting events with their sons and daughters. Fathers appear to play a unique role in sadness socialization whereas mothers' influence seems distinctive for the socialization of anger. Socialization of emotion is a transactional process in which parents and children are both socializing agents and emotion regulators. (c) Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-83
Number of pages19
JournalNew directions for child and adolescent development
Volume2010
Issue number128
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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