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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 5/2024

26-12-2023 | Empirical Research

Chinese Mothers’ Reactions to Adolescents’ Positive Emotions: Relations to Adolescents’ Emotional Adjustment and Mothers’ Socialization Goals

Auteurs: Zeyi Shi, Yang Qu, Yiyun Yan, Qian Wang

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 5/2024

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Abstract

When adolescents have positive emotions, parents’ reactions that enhance or dampen the intensity or duration of adolescents’ emotions have been documented to play a critical role in adolescents’ emotional adjustment in Western societies. These parental reactions are theorized to be culturally embedded parenting practices in the emotion socialization process. However, research is limited in examining the implications of parents’ enhancing and dampening reactions for adolescents’ emotional adjustment in non-Western societies. Moreover, it remains to be explored how these parental reactions might be guided by parents’ culturally shaped socialization goals for adolescents, and further influence adolescents’ adjustment. To address these key issues, a two-wave longitudinal study spanning approximately 1.5 years was conducted among adolescents in China (N = 233; Mage = 12.19 years, SD = 0.60; 48% girls). Based on adolescents’ reports, it was found that Chinese mothers’ enhancing reactions to adolescents’ positive emotions, which were related to their greater endorsement of self-development socialization goals (i.e., wanting adolescents to develop confidence, autonomy, and uniqueness), predicted adolescents’ increased emotional well-being (i.e., self-esteem, vitality, and experience of positive emotions) and decreased emotional ill-being (i.e., depression, anxiety and experience of negative emotions) over time. Contrastingly, mothers’ dampening reactions to adolescents’ positive emotions, which were related to their less endorsement of self-development and greater endorsement of filial piety socialization goals (i.e., wanting adolescents to respect and obey parents), predicted adolescents’ decreased emotional well-being over time. The findings broaden the cultural understanding of parents’ emotion-related socialization practices, and provide insights into practical endeavors at optimizing parents’ reactions to adolescents’ positive emotions in culturally sensitive ways and ultimately promoting adolescents’ mental health.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Chinese Mothers’ Reactions to Adolescents’ Positive Emotions: Relations to Adolescents’ Emotional Adjustment and Mothers’ Socialization Goals
Auteurs
Zeyi Shi
Yang Qu
Yiyun Yan
Qian Wang
Publicatiedatum
26-12-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 5/2024
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-023-01924-1

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