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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2022

16-02-2022 | Original Paper

Parental Mediation of COVID-19 News and Children’s Emotion Regulation during Lockdown

Auteurs: Mara Morelli, Federica Graziano, Antonio Chirumbolo, Roberto Baiocco, Emiddia Longobardi, Carmen Trumello, Alessandra Babore, Elena Cattelino

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2022

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Abstract

The COVID-19 outbreak resulted in a large amount of emotionally charged messaging that is believed to have a tremendous psychological impact, particularly on children and early adolescents. The present study examined the relationships between children’s exposure to COVID-19 news, children’s emotional responses to the news, parental styles of mediating COVID-19 news, and children’s emotional functioning during the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy in April 2020. An online survey was completed by 277 parents (Mage = 43.36; SDage = 4.76; mothers = 89.5%) with children aged 6 to 13 years. Regression analyses showed that the parental active mediation style was associated with higher emotion regulation and lower lability/negativity, whereas the restrictive style was associated with higher lability/negativity and the social coviewing style was associated with lower emotion regulation. The results provide evidence for how adults using an active style can mediate messages to reduce children’s emotional difficulties during events with high emotional involvement.
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The interaction effects between each parental mediation style of news related to the COVID-19 pandemic and children’s age on children’s emotion regulation and children’s lability negativity were also tested with two moderation regression analyses but no significant interaction effects were found. Specifically, neither age*social mediation style, beta = 0.05, p = 0.45, nor age*active mediation style, beta = 0.06, p = 0.36, nor age*restrictive mediation style, beta = 0.03, p = 0.61, emerged to be significant predictors of children’s emotion regulation. Again, neither age*social mediation style, beta = −0.04, p = 0.53, nor age*active mediation style, beta = −0.002, p = 0.97, nor age*restrictive mediation style, beta = 0.005, p = 0.93, emerged to be significant predictors of children’s lability/negativity.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Parental Mediation of COVID-19 News and Children’s Emotion Regulation during Lockdown
Auteurs
Mara Morelli
Federica Graziano
Antonio Chirumbolo
Roberto Baiocco
Emiddia Longobardi
Carmen Trumello
Alessandra Babore
Elena Cattelino
Publicatiedatum
16-02-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2022
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02266-5