≪Organizer Abstract≫
Family emotional discourse is an essential socialization medium that influences children's emotion understanding, emotion regulation, and social competence. Culture further shapes the interactive process and the resulting socio-emotional outcomes. It is therefore critical to examine family emotional discourse and the associated child outcomes in diverse cultural contexts.
Four papers in this symposium examine emotional discourse between mothers and preschoolers/early school-aged children in European American (paper 1 and 2), Chinese American (paper 1 and 2), German (paper 3), and Japanese families (paper 4). Their findings together illustrate that cultural beliefs and value orientations shape the style and content of mother-child conversations about emotion and this, in turn, influences children's emotion knowledge (paper 1 and paper 4) and psychological adjustment (paper 2 and paper 3). Our discussant, a prominent developmental and cross-cultural psychologist, will synthesize these presentations to highlight the important role of culture in shaping socialization practices and developmental outcomes.
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