Parents' perezhivanie supports children's development of emotion regulation: a holistic view

Feiyan Chen

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    Parents play an influential role in children s emotional development. Numerous quantitative studies have examined the correlations between a single dimension of parents emotion socialisation practices (e.g. parental emotion expression or attitudes) and children s emotional development. However, little attention has been paid to a holistic view of parents role in children s emotional development. Drawing upon a cultural-historical theory, this study takes a holistic perspective for examining how parents create the conditions for children s emotional development in everyday family life. Data (n = 61 hours of video observation and interviewing) collected from four families of preschool children in Australia suggest that parents perezhivanie supports the development of children s emotion regulation. It is argued that perezhivanie must be conceptualised as a collective unity of affect, intellect, and act that reflects both the subject and the environment in researching children s emotional development. Practical suggestions for supporting the pedagogical practices of families and for framing professional training programmes are also provided.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)851 - 867
    Number of pages17
    JournalEarly Child Development and Care
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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