Emotion regulation skills in children during the COVID-19 pandemic: Influences on specific parenting and child adjustment

  1. Beatriz Domínguez-Álvarez 1
  2. Laura López-Romero 1
  3. José Antonio Gómez-Fraguela 1
  4. Estrella Romero 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Revista de Psicología Clínica con Niños y Adolescentes

ISSN: 2340-8340

Ano de publicación: 2020

Volume: 7

Número: 3

Páxinas: 81-87

Tipo: Artigo

Outras publicacións en: Revista de Psicología Clínica con Niños y Adolescentes


Child emotion regulation (ER) skills and specific parenting practices during the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to influence children adjustment in these unprecedented times. On this assumption, we first aimed to examine the predictive value of ER skills in relation to diverse indicators of behavioral and socioemotional adjustment. Then, we tested whether some of these associations could be partially explained through the mediator role of the specific parenting practices displayed within the pandemic context. These hypotheses were tested considering the previous levels of child reactivity as a potential moderator of the examined relations. Using parent-reported data from a sample of 874 Galician children (49.6% girls) aged 5 to 9 (Mage = 7.09; SD = 1.04), multiple regression and mediation analyses were conducted. Robust associations between ER skills and diverse indicators of child adjusment were found. Moreover, it was found that specific parenting practices mediate the relation between child ER skills and specific behavioral outcomes (i.e., child routine maintenance). Thus, our findings highlight the importance of ER skills for child adjustment during the COVID-19 crisis, not only through direct, but also indirect effects, suggesting that the kind of parenting style that children receive during the pandemic conditions might be partially elicited by their individual characteristics

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