The role of positive emotions in early socialization

Autor(en): Keller, Heidi
Stichwörter: Attachment; Culture; Emotion; Infant; Psychology; Psychology, Clinical; Psychology, Psychoanalysis; Socialization
Erscheinungsdatum: 2009
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Volumen: 54
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 101+
Emotions are vital characteristics of the evolved human nature. Expression and function of emotions, however, vary substantially depending on socio-cultural contexts. This paper focuses on two strategies concerning the expression of positive emotionality in early mother-child interactions. Western middle class families emphasize the expression of positive emotions in early social interactions from early infancy. Positive emotionality is associated with personal autonomy and individual uniqueness. In traditional farmer families in the non-western world emotional control is emphasized from birth. Emotional inexpressiveness is part of a socialization strategy that is oriented towards hierarchical relatedness. The early socialization experiences have measurable effects on emotion regulation of 1-year-old children. The confrontation of different cultural models in multicultural societies is inherently fraught with confliction. These implications are discussed.
Lindaurer Psychotherapy Week, Munich, GERMANY, 2008
ISSN: 09356185
DOI: 10.1007/s00278-009-0652-z

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