Emotion Regulation in Couples and Families: Pathways to Dysfunction and Health
The burgeoning literature on managing one's emotional reactions underscores the importance both Western society and psychology place on emotion regulation. Notably, the ability to effectively control and manage emotions during social interactions plays a pivotal role in health and interpersonal functioning. Are certain ways of handling emotions better than others? If so, can individuals successfully apply these methods to self-regulate their emotions? How do parents help their children learn to regulate their emotions? How do we best research emotion regulation processes in individuals, couples, and families?
Emotion Regulation in Couples and Families is an edited book that addresses these and other critical theoretical and methodological issues in the rapidly advancing field of emotion regulation. It presents empirical findings linking emotion regulation to individual and relationship functioning across the life span, while providing implications for clinical intervention, public policy, and future research. Contributors—who are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in social, developmental, and clinical disciplines—offer diverse perspectives on the role of emotion regulation processes in dysfunction and health. In addition to advancing the latest empirical developments, this volume will also be a prime resource for graduate students and practitioners working with children, couples, and families for whom emotion regulation difficulties are targets of clinical intervention.