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Maternal reactions to children’s negative emotions: Relations to children's socio-emotional development among European American and Chinese immigrant children

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2020
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This study examined the relations between maternal reactions to children’s negative emotions and children’s socio-emotional outcomes, including psychological adjustment, emotion knowledge, and coping strategies. European American and Chinese immigrant mothers reported on their reactions to children’s (N = 117, M = 7.14 years) negative emotions and on children’s psychological adjustment. One year later, children were interviewed for emotion knowledge and mothers reported on children’s use of coping strategies. Mothers from the two cultural groups reported the same level of supportive reactions to their children’s negative emotions, whereas Chinese immigrant mothers more often adopted what are commonly considered to be non-supportive strategies than did European American mothers. Whereas supportive maternal reactions were associated with better child outcomes in both cultures, maternal non-supportive reactions were negatively associated with children’s functioning for European American children but not for Chinese immigrant children. The findings shed critical light on the functional meaning of parenting practices in specific cultural contexts in shaping developmental outcomes.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Transcultural Psychiatry. The published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461520905997
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Coping, Culture, Emotion knowledge, Emotion socialization, Psychological adjustment
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Yang, Y., Song, Q., Doan, S. N., & Wang, Q. (2020). Maternal reactions to children’s negative emotions: Relations to children's socio-emotional development among European American and Chinese immigrant children. Transcultural Psychiatry, 57(3), 408–420. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461520905997
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