Parental responses to positive and negative emotions in anxious and nonanxious children

Jennifer L. Hudson, Jonathan S. Comer, Philip C. Kendall

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Abstract

This study examined the role of multiple children's emotions and parental anxiety during parent-child interactions of anxiety disordered (AD) and nonanxious (NA) children ages 7 to 13 years. Families (mother, father, child) each discussed three recent and real separate situations in which the child experienced anxiety, anger, and happiness. Results revealed significant differences in behavior between parents of AD and NA children. Maternal behavior, but not paternal behavior, was related to the emotion the child was experiencing. Mothers of AD children displayed greater intrusive involvement than mothers of NA children in those situations in which the child was experiencing negative affect. A significant interaction was evident between maternal anxiety disorder and emotion, whereby anxious mothers were more intrusive in situations involving anxiety and anger (compared to positive emotion situations), whereas nonanxious mothers were more intrusive only during situations involving anger.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-313
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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