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Measuring anger regulation in middle childhood through behavioural observation: a longitudinal validation

  • Learning to regulate anger is an important task in childhood development, as maladaptive anger regulation has been linked to a variety of problems, including aggression and social rejection. To assess anger regulation in situ, in a previous study we developed a behavioural observation measure and demonstrated its cross-sectional construct and criterion validity in a sample of 599 children with a mean age of 8.1years. The present study further validated the measure by demonstrating its predictive validity. About 10months after the behavioural observation, participants were asked to imagine two anger-eliciting situations and report what they would do to get rid of their anger. Observed anger regulation strategies at T1 correlated significantly with self-reported regulatory behaviour at T2, suggesting that the behavioural observation measure is an ecologically valid approach for assessing anger regulation in middle childhood.

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Author:Fabian KirschORCiDGND, Helena L. RohlfGND, Barbara KrahéORCiDGND
ISSN:1740-5629 (print)
ISSN:1740-5610 (online)
Parent Title (English):European journal of developmental psychology
Publisher:Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication:Abingdon
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:Anger regulation; childhood; longitudinal study; observation; validation
First Page:718
Last Page:727
Funder:German Research Foundation as part of the Graduate College "Intrapersonal developmental risk factors in childhood and adolescence: A longitudinal perspective" [GRK 1668]
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert