Effects of mother-offspring and father-offspring dynamics on emerging adults' adjustment: The mediating role of emotion regulation

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The present study tested a theoretical model of emotion regulation between parent-offspring dynamics and emerging adults' adjustment. The mediating role of emotion regulation strategies, including cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression, were investigated for the effects of mother-offspring and father-offspring dynamics on emerging adults' adjustment. A sample of 352 Chinese emerging adults in Hong Kong (230 female, 121 male) participated in this study. Participants were asked to complete a set of self-reported questionnaires. Findings based on structural equation modeling indicated that greater mother-offspring intimacy and father-offspring intimacy predicted emerging adults' better cognitive reappraisal and psychological, social, and general health. Greater mother-offspring conflict also predicted more expressive suppression and poorer psychological and social functioning. Distinctive mediation pathways as a function of parents' gender were identified. These findings enrich the literature for parent-offspring dynamics and emotion regulation as explanatory processes of emerging adults' adjustment. Copyright © 2019 Cheung et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0212331
JournalPLoS One
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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Cheung, R. Y. M., Leung, M. C., Chan, K. K. S., & Lam, C. B. (2019). Effects of mother-offspring and father-offspring dynamics on emerging adults' adjustment: The mediating role of emotion regulation. PloS One, 14(2). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212331