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19-04-2017 | Original Paper

Appraisals of Interparental Conflict and Change in Attention to Emotion after Exposure to Marital Conflict

Auteurs: Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson, Adina Dumitrache, Amy Quinn Sparks

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 8/2017

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to investigate whether exposure to marital conflict changes patterns of attention to anger and happiness, as well as whether those patterns vary based on appraisals of the history of interparental conflict in the home. Emerging adults viewed photo pairs with one emotionally-neutral photo and another photo depicting a happy/angry emotional interaction (while a high-speed camera tracked gaze), were randomly assigned to view a neutral or marital conflict recording, viewed neutral-emotional photo pairs again, and then reported their appraisals of their parents’ conflict. Results indicated that feeling threatened by and to blame for parental conflict predicted avoidance of happy emotions at baseline. Although there were no significant changes in attention to emotion overall based on condition, self-blame for interparental conflict predicted greater increases in time spent looking at anger after watching marital conflict (but not after watching the neutral recording). These results indicate that differences in attention to emotion may be one mechanism linking parental conflict to anxiety that could be the focus of prevention/intervention efforts to reduce anxiety symptoms in those from high-conflict homes.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Appraisals of Interparental Conflict and Change in Attention to Emotion after Exposure to Marital Conflict
Auteurs
Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson
Adina Dumitrache
Amy Quinn Sparks
Publicatiedatum
19-04-2017
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 8/2017
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0721-9

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