Social and Emotional Development in the Context of the Family

Rena L. Repetti, Meredith S. Sears, Sunhye Bai

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Family relationships shape children's social and emotional behavior and understanding. When parents are warm, sensitive, and balance control with child autonomy, children learn to trust others and to regulate their negative emotions. Both discordant and supportive family interactions contribute to the development of social skills and social cognition. Repeated daily stressors at home increase physiological and emotional reactivity and promote maladaptive coping. Culture, socioeconomic status, and other aspects of the family's broader social context influence these critical dimensions of family life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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