PARENT EMOTION COACHING AND ADOLESCENT ADJUSTMENT Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Smith, Ruth
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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  • The current study took a novel approach to examining the parent emotion socialization (PES) construct of emotion coaching by aligning these behaviors along characteristics of warm validation (unstructured emotion coaching; UEC) and active problem solving (structured emotion coaching; SEC). The study utilized experience sampling methodology and an observational coding scheme to examine the impact of UEC and SEC behaviors on adolescent outcomes in 65 parent-adolescent dyads. Disaggregating the emotion coaching construct proved useful for more nuanced prediction of adolescent emotion regulation, internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Results showed that UEC and SEC were uncorrelated, independent components of emotion coaching PES. Higher UEC was the sole predictor of fewer adolescent reports of internalizing symptoms, whereas SEC predicted fewer parent reports of adolescent externalizing symptoms. Additionally, emotion regulation mediated the relationship between higher SEC and fewer adolescent reports of internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Potential implications of these findings and future directions are considered.
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  • Lippold, Melissa
  • Hussong, Andrea
  • Jones, Deborah
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016
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