Journal article

Somatic Complaints in Early Adolescence: The Role of Parents' Emotion Socialization

Christiane E Kehoe, Sophie S Havighurst, Ann E Harley

The Journal of Early Adolescence | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2015


This study investigated the relationship between parent emotion socialization and youth somatic complaints (SC) in an early adolescent sample using a longitudinal experimental design. An emotion-focused parenting intervention, which taught parent’s skills to improve their emotional competence and emotion socialization, was used to examine whether changes in parent emotion socialization affected the young person’s SC. Questionnaires were completed prior to intervention and 10 months later by 225 youth (121 intervention) and their parents. Results indicated that changes in parents’ awareness and regulation of emotion and emotion socialization practices resulted in reduced youth SC. These findi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The authors received financial support for the research from Mindful, Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health, Department Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. Parentslink, at McKillop Family Services provided financial support relating to food and venue hire for parent groups.