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The Role of Mothers' Metaemotion in Socioemotional Competence of Preschool Children


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Stulić, Ema. (2019). The Role of Mothers' Metaemotion in Socioemotional Competence of Preschool Children. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Kuterovac Jagodić, Gordana].

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The objective of this study was to examine the relationship of mothers' metaemotion with social and emotional competence of their preschool children. Furthermore, we wanted to examine if there are differences in mothers' metaemotion regarding their child's gender, gender differences of preschool boys and girls in social and emotional competence, and the role of gender in the relationship between mothers' metaemotion with social and emotional competence of their children. 106 children participated in the study, from which 49 were boys and 57 were girls, with their mothers and kindergarten teachers. The measure of mothers’ metaemotion was an adjusted version of Parental Metaemotion Philosophy Questionnaire (Brajša-Ţganec, 2002), child’s emotion recognition and understanding was measured with Emotion Recognition and Understanding Interview (Brajša-Ţganec, 2003), child’s emotional expressivity with an adjusted version of Iowa Scales of Emotional Expressivity (Humrichouse, 2010), in which kindergarten teachers assessed the children, while the Questionnaire of Relationship with Others, which was constructed for the purpose of this research, was the measure of social competence (the children were also assessed by their kindergarten teachers).A significant connection was observed between emotional expressivity and social competence, while mothers’ metaemotion were not connected to emotional, nor social competence. The mentioned relationship was not statistically different for boys and girls. From subscales of specific emotions one connection stood out – positive emotional expressivity was positively related to social competence. Furthermore, a gender difference in emotion expressivity was observed – boys, contrary to our expectation, were assessed as emotionally more competent than girls.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: social competence, emotional competence, metaemotion, emotional understanding, emotional expressivity
Subjects: Psychology > Razvojna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Kuterovac Jagodić, Gordana
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 10:42
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 10:42

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