Emotion Regulation in Couples and Families: Pathways to Dysfunction and Health
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
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.
About the Editors
Introduction: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Emotion Regulation
—Jeffry A. Simpson, Jan N. Hughes, and Douglas K. Snyder
I. Emotion Regulation: Theoretical Perspectives
- Emotion Regulation in Everyday Life
—James J. Gross, Jane M. Richards, and Oliver P. John
- Emotional Intelligence and the Self-Regulation of Affect
—Daisy Grewal, Marc Brackett, and Peter Salovey
- Adult Attachment Theory and Affective Reactivity and Regulation
—Paula R. Pietromonaco, Lisa Feldman Barrett, and Sally I. Powers
II. Linking Emotion Regulation to Dysfunction and Well-Being Across the Life Span
- Attachment Bases of Emotion Regulation and Posttraumatic Adjustment
—Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver, and Neta Horesh
- Happy Victimization: Emotion Dysregulation in the Context of Instrumental, Proactive Aggression
—William F. Arsenio
- Parenting and Children's Adjustment: The Role of Children's Emotion Regulation
—Carlos Valiente and Nancy Eisenberg
- Family and Peer Relationships: The Role of Emotional Regulatory Processes
—Ross D. Parke, David J. McDowell, Mina Cladis, and Melinda S. Leidy
- Marital Discord and Children's Emotional Self-Regulation
—E. Mark Cummings and Peggy S. Keller
- Individual Differences in Emotion Regulation and Their Relation to Risk Taking During Adolescence
—M. Lynne Cooper, Mindy E. Flanagan, Amelia E. Talley, and Lada Micheas
III. Clinical Interventions in Emotion Regulation Processes
- Emotion Regulation Processes in Disease-Related Pain: A Couples-Based Perspective
—Francis J. Keefe, Laura S. Porter, and Jeffrey Labban
- Promoting Emotional Expression and Emotion Regulation in Couples
—Rhonda N. Goldman and Leslie S. Greenberg
- Intervening with Couples and Families to Treat Emotion Dysregulation and Psychopathology
—Alan E. Fruzzetti and Katherine M. Iverson
- Who Took My Hot Sauce? Regulating Emotion in the Context of Family Routines and Rituals
—Barbara H. Fiese
- Family Emotion Regulation Processes: Implications for Research and Intervention
—Douglas K. Snyder, Jan N. Hughes, and Jeffry A. Simpson
Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, is a professor and the director of clinical psychology training at Texas A&M University. He received the American Psychological Association's 2005 award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology for his work on empirical approaches to assessment and interventions with distressed couples. He is the author of the widely used Marital Satisfaction Inventory and is coeditor of Treating Difficult Couples®. He received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's 1992 Outstanding Research Award for his 4-year follow-up study comparing behavioral and insight-oriented approaches to couple therapy, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Snyder is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served as associate editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology® and the Journal of Family Psychology®.
Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. His primary research interests center on adult attachment processes, models of human mating, idealization processes in relationships, the management of empathic accuracy in relationships, and social influence strategies. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. From 1998 to 2001, he served as editor of the journal Personal Relationships and currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes. In addition, he has served on grant panels at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. His various programs of research on close relationships have been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Marsden Foundation in New Zealand.
Jan N. Hughes, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University. She is a distinguished research fellow in the College of Education and Human Development, and her primary research interests center on the development and treatment of childhood aggression, teacher–student relationships as developmental resources, the development of social and emotional competencies, and peer relationships. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Education have funded her research. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Journal of School Psychology. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she has served in numerous leadership roles including president of the division of School Psychology.
Each essay draws upon cutting-edge research and theory with the common goal of broadening human understanding of not only how emotional regulation works, but how to effectively use that knowledge to aid patients most in need of help. Highly recommended.
—The Midwest Book Review