Date of Award
Master of Science
Gilbert R Parra
Randy G Floyd
Recent literature in the field of emotion contingent responses has found associations between parent responses that discourage the expression of emotion and children’s negative emotional outcomes, as well as significant interactions between responses that support the expression of emotion and other types of responses in predicting emotional and behavioral outcomes. The present study investigated parents’ discouragement and support of children’s expression of sadness in relation to several indicators of internalizing behaviors in middle childhood. Children responded about their mothers’ emotion contingent responses and children and parents completed measures of children’s emotional and behavioral functioning. Results supported the association between discouraging responses and children’s depression, and between supportive responses and children’s depression and loneliness. However, this study was not able to replicate similar findings in terms of emotion contingent responses interacting to predict emotion related outcomes. This study’s findings suggest that parents’ responses are playing separate roles in predicting children’s internalization.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Howard, Katianne Marie, "Supporting the Expression of Sadness: A Moderator in the Association between Parents Discouragement of Sadness and Child Internalizing Symptoms" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 138.