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Parental Socialization of Emotion in Japan: Contribution to Preschoolers’ Emotion Knowledge

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dc.contributor.advisor Denham, Susanne A.
dc.contributor.author Watanabe, Naomi
dc.creator Watanabe, Naomi
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-29T18:40:42Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-29T18:40:42Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9660
dc.description.abstract A large body of literature shows that emotional knowledge has numerous benefits for preschoolers’ social-emotional functioning. As a key influential factor, parental socialization of emotion has been receiving increased attention in last decades. However, much research has been conducted in Western cultures; many researchers call for the need of further research in various cultures, especially non-Western cultures. The purpose of the present study was to investigate parental emotion teaching practice in parent-child interactions and the relation between parental emotion teaching and preschoolers’ emotion knowledge in Japan. Fifty-one 3- and 4-year-old Japanese preschoolers’ emotion knowledge was assessed and mother-child interactions in book reading and reminiscence of emotional experience were videotaped in a semi-structured laboratory setting. Maternal utterances were transcribed and maternal use of emotion words and emotion teaching techniques were coded. The results showed that maternal emotion teaching techniques, specifically questioning, clarifying, and reference to child’s feelings, predicted preschoolers’ emotion knowledge. Also, moderation effects of preschoolers’ age and gender on the relation were found. Implications of findings in relation to cultural context are discussed.
dc.format.extent 79 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Naomi Watanabe
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject emotion knowledge en_US
dc.subject emotion teaching en_US
dc.subject Japanese en_US
dc.subject parental socialization en_US
dc.subject preschooler en_US
dc.title Parental Socialization of Emotion in Japan: Contribution to Preschoolers’ Emotion Knowledge
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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