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Children's emotion regulation: Self-report and physiological response to peer provocation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17201506     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors examined the notion that children's emotion regulation (ER) is a uniform skill by (a) investigating the concordance between self-report of ER and physiological measures and by (b) examining ER in a specific context (e.g., peer provocation) and context-free manner (e.g., during a semistructured interview of ER abilities). Seventy-two children in middle childhood (average age = 9 years) participated. Time-locked measures of heart rate reactivity and recovery were obtained in response to provoking comments, and vagal regulation was measured throughout the provocation session. Children who reported greater dysregulation showed increased heart rate reactivity to provocative comments (i.e., steeper heart rate slope) but no difference in heart rate recovery. The context-free but not the context-specific self-report measure was associated with a failure to suppress vagal tone. Implications for ER measurement and children's peer relations are discussed.
Danielle M Hessler; Lynn Fainsilber Katz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-04     Completed Date:  2007-03-30     Revised Date:  2007-12-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2006 APA, all rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1525, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Arousal / physiology*
Emotions / physiology*
Heart Rate / physiology*
Internal-External Control*
Longitudinal Studies
Peer Group*
Play and Playthings
Stress, Psychological / complications*
Vagus Nerve / physiology
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