“You Shouldn’t Feel This Way!” Children’s and Adolescents’ Interpersonal Emotion Regulation of Victims’ and Violators’ Feelings After Social Exclusion

Gummerum, M. and Lopez-Perez, B. (2020) “You Shouldn’t Feel This Way!” Children’s and Adolescents’ Interpersonal Emotion Regulation of Victims’ and Violators’ Feelings After Social Exclusion. Cognitive Development. ISSN 0885-2014 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Emotion regulation is a key developmental skill, but very few studies have investigated developmental differences in how children and adolescents regulate the emotions of others (interpersonal emotion regulation). This study examined developmental differences in interpersonal emotion regulation in the context of social exclusion. Ninety-one 5- and 9-year-old children and 13-year-old adolescents were presented with two straightforward social exclusion scenarios, where a victim was excluded because of an irrelevant characteristic, and one multi-faceted scenario, where exclusion can be justified by social-conventional reasons. Participants’ judged social exclusion as more acceptable in the multifaceted scenario based on social-conventional and personal-choice reasons. Nine- and 13-year-olds were more likely to change the emotions of victims and excluders and most commonly used behavioural interpersonal emotion regulation strategies. Overall, children and adolescents engage in efforts to improve victims’ and worsen excluders’ emotions in social exclusion situations.

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Additional Information and Comments: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Cognitive Development. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version will be published in Cognitive Development: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/cognitive-development
Keywords: Interpersonal emotion regulation; social exclusion; emotion attribution; moral judgment
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Belen Lopez-Perez
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 10:12
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 10:12
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3040

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