Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Hakim-Larson, J.


Psychology, Clinical.




The relationship between expressiveness in the family of origin and emotion rules was examined in the context of a parenting situation. Twenty-two fathers and sixty-two mothers described a recent stressful incident with one of their children. Measures of negative and positive emotional expressiveness in parents' families of origin were related to their perceived expression, control, and strategic use of their emotions during the stressful incident. As predicted, the frequency of positive expressiveness in parents' families of origin was not related to their reported experience, expression, and control of negative emotions. Also as expected, parents with family backgrounds higher in the expression of negative affect tended to report greater experiences and expressions of negative affect during the stressful incident. Unexpectedly, negative expressiveness in parents' families of origin was not associated with their perceived emotional control during the stressful incident, nor with their reported purposeful use of emotions during that time. Results were discussed in terms of the potential influence of negative family expressiveness in parents' childhood on their emotions during stressful situations with their own children.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .L485. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0366. Adviser: Julie Hakim-Larson. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.