Title

Family Interactions, Exposure to Violence, and Emotion Regulation: Perceptions of Children and Early Adolescents At-Risk

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2012

Publication Source

Family Relations

Volume

61

Inclusive pages

283 -296

ISBN/ISSN

DOI:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2011.00699.x

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This study examined the protective nature of

youth reports of family interactions in relation

to perceived exposure to violence and anger

regulation in 84 children and early adolescents

(mean age of 10.5; 7 – 15 years old) primarily

from ethnic minority groups and living in highrisk

communities in a large southwestern city.

Path analysis and bootstrapping methodology

indicated that overall family system variables

were primarily associated with anger regulation

and exposure to violence through parenting

behaviors. Specifically, perceptions of family

cohesion and adaptability were indirectly associated

with anger regulation through a positive

association with parental support. Family

cohesion and adaptability were indirectly

associated with anger regulation and exposure

to violence through parental supervision in

different ways. Family cohesion was positively

associated with parental supervision, whereas

family adaptability was negatively associated

with parental supervision. Implications are discussed

for intervention and prevention programs

aimed at youth residing in areas with economic

disadvantage.

Keywords

at-risk children and families, emotion regulation, exposure to violence, family system, parenting

Disciplines

Developmental Psychology | Education | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences

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