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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 10/2022

09-08-2022 | Original Paper

Mothers’ Emotional Reactions towards Chinese Preschoolers’ Behavioral Problems: Examining the Specificity of Emotions and Contexts

Auteurs: Xile Li, Arya Ansari, Pingyuan Gao, Ni Yan

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 10/2022

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Abstract

Grounded in the transactional model of parent-child interactions and the interdependent cultural background of China, this exploratory and descriptive study examined the context-specificity (home vs. school) of Chinese mothers’ emotional responses to children’s problem behaviors and how these emotions may predict children’s subsequent problem behaviors. Sixty-seven mothers of children aged from 3 to 6 (M_child = 4.28 years, SD_child = 0.85) were asked to report on their emotional reactions to a story vignette task depicting examples of externalizing and internalizing problems at school and home. Mothers also reported on children’s surgency (i.e., a temperamental trait that reflects high-energy activation) and problem behaviors at baseline and a 6-month follow-up. Results demonstrated that mothers were more likely to report emotional reactions to children’s externalizing behavior in school, but they were more likely to report child-oriented positive emotions towards internalizing behavior in the home. Mothers’ child-oriented positive emotions in the home predicted decreases in children’s externalizing behaviors. Importantly, for children’s internalizing behaviors, children with low surgency were more sensitive to mothers’ child-oriented negative emotions in the school context, whereas children with high surgency marginally benefited from mothers’ child-oriented positive emotions in the school context.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Mothers’ Emotional Reactions towards Chinese Preschoolers’ Behavioral Problems: Examining the Specificity of Emotions and Contexts
Auteurs
Xile Li
Arya Ansari
Pingyuan Gao
Ni Yan
Publicatiedatum
09-08-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 10/2022
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02386-y

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