Emotion Socialization within Children’s Friendships

My name is Zoe Trout, and I’m a rising junior at the College of William and Mary. This summer I will be working with Dr. Janice Zeman’s Psychology Lab on a study entitled “Emotion Socialization within Children’s Friendships.”  Emotion socialization is the process by which a person’s emotional development is influenced by social interactions that reinforce and discourage various behaviors.  The goal of our research project is to investigate peer socialization of children’s sad emotions, specifically. By studying the emotion socialization of 4th and 5th grade children, Dr. Janice Zeman and I hope to gain insight into the ways that social relationships affect emotional regulation at this formative age.  More specifically, we will examine whether factors such as gender and type of peer relationship (best friend vs. non-friend peer) have an effect on the socialization of sadness regulation, while exploring potential psychological outcomes of these processes.

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