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Experimental manipulation of emotion regulation changes mothers' physiological and facial expressive responses to infant crying.
Infant Behav Dev. 2019 05; 55:22-31.IB

Abstract

This study examined whether instructing mothers to apply emotion regulation strategies can change mothers' perception and reactivity to infant crying in an experimental within-subject design. Perception of crying, skin conductance level (SCL), facial expressivity, and intended caregiving responses to cry sounds were measured in mothers (N = 101, M = 30.88 years) who received suppression, reappraisal, and no emotion regulation instructions. Reappraisal resulted in lower SCL during exposure to crying and a less negative perception of crying compared to the suppression condition. In contrast, suppression resulted in increased facial expressions of sadness compared to the control condition. Thus, simple instructions on how to reframe thoughts about crying can change mothers' perception of and reactivity to crying.

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Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands. Electronic address: m.m.e.hendricx@uvt.nl.Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30826499

Citation

Riem, Madelon M E., and Annemiek Karreman. "Experimental Manipulation of Emotion Regulation Changes Mothers' Physiological and Facial Expressive Responses to Infant Crying." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 55, 2019, pp. 22-31.
Riem MME, Karreman A. Experimental manipulation of emotion regulation changes mothers' physiological and facial expressive responses to infant crying. Infant Behav Dev. 2019;55:22-31.
Riem, M. M. E., & Karreman, A. (2019). Experimental manipulation of emotion regulation changes mothers' physiological and facial expressive responses to infant crying. Infant Behavior & Development, 55, 22-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2019.02.003
Riem MME, Karreman A. Experimental Manipulation of Emotion Regulation Changes Mothers' Physiological and Facial Expressive Responses to Infant Crying. Infant Behav Dev. 2019;55:22-31. PubMed PMID: 30826499.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Experimental manipulation of emotion regulation changes mothers' physiological and facial expressive responses to infant crying. AU - Riem,Madelon M E, AU - Karreman,Annemiek, Y1 - 2019/02/28/ PY - 2018/12/07/received PY - 2019/02/22/revised PY - 2019/02/22/accepted PY - 2019/3/4/pubmed PY - 2019/7/31/medline PY - 2019/3/4/entrez KW - Emotion regulation KW - Infant crying KW - Parenting KW - Reappraisal KW - Suppression SP - 22 EP - 31 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 55 N2 - This study examined whether instructing mothers to apply emotion regulation strategies can change mothers' perception and reactivity to infant crying in an experimental within-subject design. Perception of crying, skin conductance level (SCL), facial expressivity, and intended caregiving responses to cry sounds were measured in mothers (N = 101, M = 30.88 years) who received suppression, reappraisal, and no emotion regulation instructions. Reappraisal resulted in lower SCL during exposure to crying and a less negative perception of crying compared to the suppression condition. In contrast, suppression resulted in increased facial expressions of sadness compared to the control condition. Thus, simple instructions on how to reframe thoughts about crying can change mothers' perception of and reactivity to crying. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30826499/Experimental_manipulation_of_emotion_regulation_changes_mothers'_physiological_and_facial_expressive_responses_to_infant_crying_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(18)30302-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -