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Being able to understand and regulate one’s emotions is an integral part of psychological development. Difficulties regulating emotions are associated with antisocial behaviour, peer rejection and suicidal risk in children, and mental health issues in adults. It has been suggested that the development of emotion regulation is greatly influenced by caregivers: children do not only observe and copy caregivers’ expression and regulation of emotions, they are also often the target of caregivers’ emotional expression and receive feedback on their own. As such, emotion socialisation is understood as the dynamic process through which caregivers mediate and influence the development of a child’s emotional competence.
This Collection welcomes submissions from the fields of developmental and social psychology, exploring the underlying mechanisms of emotion socialisation and associated life outcomes.