Journal article

Maternal socialization of positive affect: The impact of invalidation on adolescent emotion regulation and depressive symptomatology

Marie BH Yap, Nicholas B Allen, Cecile D Ladouceur

CHILD DEVELOPMENT | WILEY | Published : 2008


This study examined the relations among maternal socialization of positive affect (PA), adolescent emotion regulation (ER), and adolescent depressive symptoms. Two hundred early adolescents, 11-13 years old, provided self-reports of ER strategies and depressive symptomatology; their mothers provided self-reports of socialization responses to adolescent PA. One hundred and sixty-three mother-adolescent dyads participated in 2 interaction tasks. Adolescents whose mothers responded in an invalidating or "dampening" manner toward their PA displayed more emotionally dysregulated behaviors and reported using maladaptive ER strategies more frequently. Adolescents whose mothers dampened their PA mor..

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