Studying Children’s Intrapersonal Emotion Regulation Strategies from the Process Model of Emotion Regulation

Lopez-Perez, B. and Wilson, E. and Dellaria, G. and Gummerum, M (2016) Studying Children’s Intrapersonal Emotion Regulation Strategies from the Process Model of Emotion Regulation. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 178 (2). pp. 73-88.

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The present research relied on the Process Model of Emotion Regulation (PMER, Gross, 2007) to investigate children’s abilities to regulate their emotions and to assess how distinct emotion regulation strategies are used by children of different ages. In Study 1, one-hundred and eighty parents of children aged between 3- and 8- years old reported about a situation where their child had been able to change what s/he was feeling. In Study 2 one-hundred and twenty-six 3- to 8-year-old children answered two questions about how they regulate their own emotions. Results from both studies showed age differences in children’s reported emotion regulation abilities and the strategies they used. As expected, strategies such as ‘situation selection’, ‘situation modification’, and ‘cognitive change’ were used more frequently by 5-6 and 7-8-year-olds, whereas ‘attention deployment’ was mainly used by 3-4-year-olds. No age differences were found for ‘response modulation’. The present research contributes to the existing body of literature on emotion regulation by adding more information about the developmental patterns for each specific emotion regulation strategy.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Journal of Genetic Psychology (2016) [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Belen Lopez-Perez
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2018 22:28

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