EMOTION REGULATION IN PRESCHOOLERS AT RISK FOR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR DISORDERS

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The purpose of this project is the identification of patterns of emotion
regulation in young children at risk for developing disruptive behavior
disorders. This project examines the regulation of emotion, particularly
anger, in relation to behavioral difficulties in preschool age children
with the goal of understanding how emotional regulation patterns relate
to particular symptom clusters. Observational and self-report data from
experimental tasks that challenge self-control were collected.
Observational procedures examine preschoolers' adaptive and maladaptive
behaviors under conditions of disappointment, frustration, and
temptation. Analyses of disappointment data indicate that at risk boys
do not mask anger,and their anger predicts disruptive behavior during the
procedure and externalizing symptoms reported by mothers and teachers.
At risk girls do mask,and they continue to minimize negative emotion even
when low risk girls express it; girls' minimization of negative emotion
predicts attention deficit symptoms.
StatusNot started

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health

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