Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Anne H. Charity Hudley
This research examined the effects of narrow (i.e., between Ghanaian orphans and village children; Study 1) and broad (i.e., between Ghana and African-American and Caucasian US children; Study 2) cultural contexts on children's management of anger and sadness. Participants were 54 Ghanaian children, ages 5 to 15 (36 villagers, 18 orphans) and 77 American children, ages 5 to 15, (38 African American, 39 Caucasian American). Children completed the Children's Anger and Sadness Management Scales (Zeman, Shipman, & Penza-Clyve, 2001) to assess inhibition, coping, and dysregulation strategies. Results of Study 1 indicated that orphans reported more dysregulation whereas village children reported more inhibition of negative emotions. Study 2 found significant cultural differences with Ghanaians reporting more control over their anger than Americans. In both studies, child gender and age effects were found that appear to cut across cultural divides.
Morelen, Diana, "Broad and Narrow Cultural Comparisons of Children's Emotion Regulation: Studies of Ghana and the United States" (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 833.
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