Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 3009–3021 | Cite as

Children’s Maternal Support-Seeking: Relations to Maternal Emotion Socialization Responses and Children’s Emotion Management

  • Rachel Miller-Slough
  • Janice Lillian Zeman
  • Jennifer Ann Poon
  • Wesley Mark Sanders
Original Paper


The present study examined children’s support-seeking of mothers (SSM) as a moderator of the association between maternal emotion socialization responses and children’s emotion management. Participants included 119 mother–child dyads (63 boys, M age = 9.61 years, 73.1 % Caucasian). Maternal emotion socialization was assessed via observed mother–child interactions and child report. Analyses indicated several main effects such that child-reported maternal reward responses were associated with stronger child emotion management, whereas perceived maternal punishment and neglect were associated with poorer child emotion management. Regarding the significant interactions, observed maternal general unsupportive socialization responses were negatively associated with emotion management. Additionally, for children low in SSM, child-reported maternal overriding of children’s emotions was positively associated with better emotion management. Support-seeking of mothers may mitigate the risk of some unsupportive maternal socialization responses and may be an adaptive strategy in middle childhood in particular contexts.


Maternal emotion socialization Emotion regulation Support-seeking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel Miller-Slough
    • 1
  • Janice Lillian Zeman
    • 2
  • Jennifer Ann Poon
    • 3
  • Wesley Mark Sanders
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCollege of William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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