Emotion Regulation in Preschool-Aged Children
Emotional dysregulation is characterized by a difficulty in regulating emotional responses often resulting in behavioral problems. For youth exposed to adversity emotion dysregulation is common and can contribute to the development of social-emotional problems.
Past research suggests that interactions with an older sibling can improve a child’s emotional regulation. This is the first study to examine a child’s emotional regulation while encountering a stressor with a sibling present.
This project will examine emotional regulation processes through physical indicators like a change in heart rate while preschool-aged children experience an emotional stressor. This research will compare the child’s emotional regulation processes when in the presence of an older sibling, when experiencing the stressor alone, and in the presence of a study staff member. This research will determine if the presence of an older sibling can improve a child’s emotional regulation.
Yolanda Jackson, Ph.D.
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
2013 Dole Human Development Center
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7555