“How did that make you feel?” Influences of gender and parental personality on family emotion talk

Erika M. Manczak*, Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, Dan P. McAdams, Maria S. Wong, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, Geoffrey L. Brown

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Abstract

Parent–child conversations about shared events may facilitate important aspects of psychosocial development through the family’s references to emotions. Although past research has begun examining features of speakers and topics that predict emotion talk in these conversations, the potential contribution of personality traits has been overlooked. The current study investigated whether parental personality and participant gender were related to emotion talk during conversations between parents and their 5-year-old children. Results revealed discussion differences as a function of gender and discussion topic. Moreover, higher levels of trait Social Closeness in mothers corresponded to their richer emotional talk during discussions, particularly when conversing with daughters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-414
Number of pages27
JournalMerrill-Palmer Quarterly
Volume62
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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