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This study examined whether concordance between children and parents, primarily mothers, exists when reporting on specific aspects (i.e., inhibition, dysregulation, coping) of children's management of sadness and anger. In addition, we investigated whether parent-child concordance differed as a function of child age (i.e., elementary school, middle school), child gender, and child psychological symptomatology. Participants were 310 children (154 boys, 66.4% Caucasian) and 177 parents (94% mothers). Children completed the Children's Emotion Management Scales (CEMS), the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI), and the Reynolds Child Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS), while parents completed the parent version of the CEMS and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). The results demonstrated that overall, there is little parent-child concordance on children's management of sadness and anger with the exception of middle school age girls where there was significant agreement. Symptomatology influenced the degree of agreement only for girls such that internalizing symptoms increased disagreement for younger girls whereas it only reduced the level of agreement for older girls.
Tortorella, Brooke, "Parent-Child Concordance on Children's Emotion Regulation: Influence of Age, Gender, and Type of Emotion" (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 789.
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