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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (4): 646-656.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00646

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Relation between emotion regulation and child problem behaviors based on the perspective of temperament

LIU Fang, LIU Wen(), YU Tengxu   

  1. School of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian 116029, China
  • Received:2018-05-14 Online:2019-04-15 Published:2019-02-22
  • Contact: LIU Wen


Problem behaviors refer to abnormal child behavior including internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors, which disturb the normal social adaptation of children. Individual differences in temperament determine the ability and development of child emotion regulation, and is considered as the main influencing factor of child problem behaviors. Based on previous researches, starting from the four dimensions of temperament (Positive Affectivity/Approach, Fear/Behavioral Inhibition, Angry/Irritability, Effortful Control), we summarized the effect of emotion regulation and common regulation strategies on child problem behaviors. We also discussed the emotion regulation interventions from the perspective of temperament. The future study should consider the characteristics of child temperament, discuss the interaction of the temperament dimensions and its relationship with child emotion regulation and problem behaviors, and include the neurophysiological techniques in longitudinal studies to explore the relationship of these three factors in child development. In addition, researchers should deepen domestic research to develop suitable intervention programs for Chinese children and promote the healthy development of children's emotional socialization.

Key words: emotion regulation, problem behaviors, temperament, children

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