Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Applied Developmental Psychology



Major Professor

Scaramella, Laura

Second Advisor

Laird, Robert

Third Advisor

Weems, Carl

Fourth Advisor

Martel, Michelle M.

Fifth Advisor

Frick, Paul J.


In this study of preschool children and parents (N=64), we examined relations between two facets of parents' emotion socialization: direct and indirect socialization; three facets of children's emotional competence: emotion expression, regulation, and understanding; and their relations with children's social and emotional adjustment. Few associations were observed between indicators of parents' emotion socialization and among indicators of children's emotional competence, suggesting that these constructs are better understood as multi-faceted, rather than unitary processes. Additionally, aspects of children's emotional competence linked--both directly and indirectly--parents' emotion socialization behaviors and children's social and emotional adjustment. Results are discussed with regard to the role of parents' emotion socialization and children's emotional competence, especially emotion regulation, in children's adjustment during preschool.


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