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Linking maternal socialization of emotion regulation to adolescents’ co-rumination with peers

Stone, Lindsey and Silk, Jennifer and Oppenheimer, Caroline and Benoit Allen, Kristy and Waller, Jennifer and Dahl, Ronald (2016) Linking maternal socialization of emotion regulation to adolescents’ co-rumination with peers. Journal of Early Adolescence.

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Mounting research supports that co-rumination, the tendency to seek peer support by engaging in extensive negatively focused discussion, is a risk factor for adolescent psychopathology. It is unclear, though, how this interpersonal tendency develops. Parental responses to adolescents’ negative affect likely shape how youth utilize peer relationships to regulate distress, as they shift to reliance on peer support during this developmental stage. For example, nonsupportive parental responses may fail to instill healthy regulation strategies, resulting in ineffective forms of peer support, such as co-rumination. Conversely, high levels of supportive parental responses to adolescents’ negative affect may motivate youth to also express more negative affect with peers, leading to co-rumination. Eighty-nine healthy adolescents (9-17) and their mothers completed surveys and a support-seeking interaction. Only supportive maternal responses, including maternal affection, were associated with adolescents’ co-rumination. These analyses indicate that some forms of parental support are associated with adolescents’ tendency to co-ruminate.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Stone, Lindseylbs36@pitt.edulbs36
Silk, Jenniferjss4@pitt.edujss4
Oppenheimer, Caroline
Benoit Allen, Kristy
Waller, Jennifer
Dahl, Ronald
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for Bioengineering
Date: 13 July 2016
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Early Adolescence
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1177/0272431616659558
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
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Funders: National Institute of Drug Abuse, Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Univ Pittsburg
Projects: YES-D
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 15:59
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 15:59


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