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A state space analysis of emotion and flexibility in parent-child interactions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17144756     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Negative emotion has been shown to reduce flexibility in cognition and behavior. We examined interpersonal flexibility during negative emotional episodes within parent-child interactions. Fifty-five mothers and early-adolescent daughters were observed during a positive discussion, a negative (conflict) discussion, and another positive discussion. Codes of moment-to-moment changes in emotion expression were used to create state space grids from which measures of emotional valence and flexibility were derived. As expected, mean flexibility was lowest during the conflict discussion when negative emotion peaked, suggesting that interpersonal flexibility decreases with increasing negative emotion. Sub-groups identified as low or high in stress were also compared. Dyads with girls reporting more stressful events showed lower flexibility during the first positive discussion. However, dyads expressing more negative emotion during the conflict discussion were also more flexible, suggesting that flexible dyadic styles permit more negative emotion. These individual difference findings are discussed in terms of the suppression versus expression of negative emotions.
Tom Hollenstein; Marc D Lewis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emotion (Washington, D.C.)     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1528-3542     ISO Abbreviation:  Emotion     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-05     Completed Date:  2007-02-06     Revised Date:  2007-12-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125678     Medline TA:  Emotion     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  656-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2006 APA, all rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Parent-Child Relations*
Spatial Behavior*
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Grant Support
F31-MH068046-01/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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