Unpacking Maternal Minimization Responses to Children’s Negative Emotions: “Person-Oriented” Versus “Emotion-Oriented”

Ruyi Ding, Wei He, Tuo Liu, Yingying Yang, Fangqian Qiu, Qian Wang

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This research aimed to distinguish person minimization from emotion minimization in Chinese families with adolescent children. In Study 1, a scalewas developed to assess two types ofminimization through expert evaluations (Mage=35.05 years, 89.47% females) and factor analyses of mothers’ reported minimization (n= 417, Mage= 42.73 years). Study 2 showed that person minimization related to adolescents’ (n= 412, Mage= 13.91 years, 44.11% females) andmothers’ socioemotional dysfunction andmothers’ (n=412,Mage= 41.17 years) nonsupportive responses; emotion minimization correlated with adolescents’ and mothers’ cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression, and mothers’ supportive responses. In Study 3, an experimental design was used, dividing adolescents into two groups: one group (n= 137, Mage= 12.64 years, 55.33% females) evaluating emotion minimization and the other group (n= 123, Mage= 12.74 years, 52.26% females) evaluating person minimization. The results showed that adolescents rated emotion minimization more positively than person minimization. Study 4 (n=200, Mage= 13.85, 34.50% females) showed reciprocal relations between problematic communication patterns of adolescents’ emotional distress and person minimization over time.

Original languageEnglish
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • adolescent
  • minimization
  • negative emotion
  • parental response


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