Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Babb, Kimberley (Psychology)

Keywords

Developmental psychology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

To examine relations between maternal factors and children's social skills, twenty-six mothers of children, ages 3 to 12, completed online questionnaires about their personality, emotion socialization (emotion coaching), coping socialization, parental stress, and their children's social skills. Emotion coaching mediated each of the positive relations between two personality factors (agreeableness and conscientiousness) and supportive coping socialization; however, these mediational findings became non-significant when controlling for parental stress. Children's social skills were positively associated with maternal agreeableness and conscientiousness and negatively associated with distress reactions to children's negative emotions, but these results also became non-significant when controlling for parental stress. Additionally, parental stress was negatively associated with agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotion coaching, and children's social skills. These findings highlight the importance of maternal personality and parental stress for mothers' emotion and coping socialization behaviours and children's social skills.

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