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The moderating role of internalising negative emotionality in the relation of self-regulation to social adjustment in Italian preschool-aged children

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Pecora, Giulia; Sette, Stefania; Baumgartner, Emma; Laghi, Fiorenzo; Spinrad, Tracy L.
Date Issued: 2016
Description: The purpose of this study was to examine the moderating role of internalising negative emotionality (i.e., anxious, concerned, and embarrassed displays) in the association between children's self-regulation and social adjustment. Seventy-four Italian children (44 girls, 30 boys; [mean] age = 35.05 months, SD = 3.57) were assessed using two self-regulation tasks. Internalising negative emotionality was assessed through observations of children's emotion expressions during the tasks. Teachers evaluated children's social competence and internalising and externalising problems. Results demonstrated that among children who exhibited internalising negative emotionality, self-regulation was positively associated with social competence and negatively related to externalising problems. Our results suggest that self-regulation may play a crucial role for social adjustment when children show emotions such as anxiety and embarrassment during challenging situations. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Cognition and Emotion
Volume Number: 30
Issue Number: 8
Page Range: 1512-1520
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Behavior/Social & Emotional Development/Socialization

International Child Care & Early Education > Single-Country Studies
Country: Italy
ISSN: 0269-9931 Paper
1464-0600 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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