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Human Development Article (Random note) ECON 2005

Jenna Davis
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This is my journal article critique from last semester for Human Development 1004.
Principles of Economics
Steve Trost
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Date Created: 02/22/16
Jeannette K. Davis Parental Emotion Coaching and Child Emotion Regulation as Protective Factors for  Children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder 1. Reference Information Dunsmore, J. C., Booker, J. A., & Ollendick, T. H. (2013). Parental emotion coaching and child emotion  regulation as protective factors for children with oppositional defiant disorder. Social Development, 22(3), 444­466.­9507.2011.00652.x 2. Literature Review  Right off the bat, the author wants us to know that oppositional defiant disorder is a behavioral disorder in a child that causes disobedient behavior and conduct problems. The child has trouble gaining and  maintaining friendships, having emotional control when negative situations arise, and coping with  stressful emotions. The two processes that are the most important for socio­emotional development are  emotion regulation and emotion lability. When children are able to manage and evaluate their emotions,  they learn how to adapt and react to different situations. This is called emotion regulation. Emotion  regulation is positive because there is less anxiety, good social skills, control of emotions, and the child is  most likely to perform better in school. Unlike emotion regulation, emotion lability is a more negative  tendency, for when a child’s sensitivity is higher, it makes the child react to different situations very  emotionally with feelings more intense than normal whether they are positive or negative. Children with  emotion lability would most likely have depression, anxiety, anti­social behaviors, mood swings, and  irritable symptoms. The author shares in the introduction that emotion coaching is a philosophy that a  parent learns about their child’s emotions and helps their child not only understand the emotions that  he/she is having, but also teaching the child how to express emotions. The relationship between the  mother and the child greatly corresponds with how the child expresses and controls his/her emotions. The  children who have good emotion regulation will most likely have a better emotional relationship with the  mother, the mother is probably aware of the child’s emotions, and the child will have lower emotion  lability. The children who do not receive good, maternal emotion coaching have a tendency to have  higher aggression and negative peer play. Dunsmore, Booker, and Ollendick’s research is important  because society needs to understand these emotional socialization processes of why children express  certain emotions, how to go about situations when the child has behavioral problems, and what the family can do to coach the child to help regulate and control the child’s emotions.  3. Research Question The goal of the research was to examine children with oppositional defiant disorder’s adjustment to a  positive emotional factor and emotion coaching from the mother, and child regulation as a measure of  adaptive socio­emotional functioning. The area of development they were interested in were the  externalizing symptoms because of the characteristics of children with ODD, and the internalizing  symptoms because of internal problems such as anxiety, mood swings, and depression.  4. Hypothesis The researchers expected to find that the child’s emotion regulation would have a positive relation to the  parental emotion coaching, and for a child with high emotion lability, they would have stronger  associations with parental emotion coaching. 5. Method The key variables that the researchers used were emotion lability, children’s emotion regulation, and  mothers’ emotion coaching. There were 24 daughters and 48 sons (72 mother­child dyads) who took  questionnaires, did interviews, and conversed about family and social emotion­related circumstances.  They assessed symptoms of psychiatric disorders by using an ADIS­P, which is an interview that can help develop a severity rating to determine if the disorder is a diagnosable condition. This research was  longitudinal and had a cause and effect relationship. BASC (Behavior Assessment System for Children)  used only three scales from the parent report that were in the present study: externalizing, internalizing,  and adaptive skills, and two scales from the child report: internalizing, and personal adjustment. 6. Results The researchers found that when mothers’ emotion coaching was connected to externalizing behavior that was with lower mother and child reports, the children were more likely to be high in emotion lability. The results showed that for children with ODD that are also high in emotion lability, a protective factor for  these children would be maternal emotion coaching. Maternal emotion coaching is associated with  emotion regulation; correspondingly, the parental report of adaptive skills were high, and the child report  of internalizing symptoms were high, and the child report of personal adjustment were low. The  researchers’ findings were extremely consistent with the hypothesis. 7. Discussion The findings were that for children with ODD, maternal emotion coaching is associated with children’s  emotion regulation with positive outcomes. They also found that children higher in emotion lability  would have stronger associations of maternal emotion coaching. Children’s emotion regulation make  them more adaptive, have a higher report of internalizing symptoms, and being able to identify emotional  experiences. The mother’s emotion coaching of their child’s emotion regulation can in turn help them be  aware of the child’s strengths and how the child’s behavior compares with their peers’ behaviors. They  point out that emotion regulation and emotion liability weren’t related, but children with ODD who are  high in emotion lability are more likely to impulsively act out. Overall, there is a key role of emotion  regulation for children with ODD. 8. Limitations and Future Research The study was done mostly on European­Americans and not on other ethnicities, and the families were  mostly raised in rural areas instead of urban. In future research they could use a diverse bunch of people,  so they would have many different children who had ODD from different cultural backgrounds. Then  they could compare the results of children from alike backgrounds to kids with contrasting backgrounds.  If I were to conduct a research project based on this idea, I would ask “How would children without a  motherly figure in the household compare to children who do have the maternal emotion coach in the  household? Does the father take on the parental role?”


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