A Psychometric Evaluation of the Revised Parental Emotion Regulation Inventory
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Despite significant research on parental emotion, parents’ regulation of their own emotions during discipline encounters is an understudied topic. Progress in this area of inquiry would be enhanced by the development of valid measures of emotion regulation. The present article describes an evaluation of such a measure, the revised Parental Emotion Regulation Inventory (PERI2). Mothers of 2-year-old children (N = 232) completed the PERI2, additional questionnaire measures, and a parent-child observation during home visits. The present findings support the factorial and concurrent validity of the PERI2’s suppression (e.g., concealing negative emotion), capitulation (e.g., giving into aversive child behavior to reduce negative emotion) and escape (e.g., walking away mid discipline encounter to reduce negative emotion) factors. Suppression, capitulation, and escape were distinct but interrelated emotion regulatory behaviors that were associated with such factors as harsh parenting, lax discipline, parental maladjustment, and child physical aggression. In contrast, the psychometric adequacy of the reappraisal factor (e.g., thinking differently about the child’s behavior to reduce negative emotion) was not supported. The results support the future use of the PERI2, minus the reappraisal factor’s items.
KeywordsDiscipline Emotion regulation Parenting Psychometric validation Toddlers
This study was funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant B1U49CE001246-01PR.
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. However, Michael Lorber has received research grants/contracts from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amy Smith Slep has received research grants/contracts from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Institute of Educational Sciences, and Department of Justice.
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