CAPES is a longitudinal study investigating how prospective (pregnant) and current parents think about child emotions, and how this relates to their parenting and their children’s development.
Why study emotion?
Emotion regulation refers to the ability to understand emotions and to control their expression. These skills are foundational, and underpin lifelong wellbeing and mental health by determining our ability to form and maintain relationships, manage conflict, and navigate the challenges of daily life. Difficulties with emotion regulation are linked to child internalising and externalising problems, and to peer rejection, antisocial behaviour, and suicide attempts in later life.
We know that emotion regulation skills are shaped by parents during childhood. Parenting practices that are supportive of child emotions are associated with improved child outcomes.
Read the pre-print of our CAPES protocol paper here!
We’re concerned about what COVID-19 related lockdowns and restrictions might mean for parents, children, and families around the world. We have included some questions about the pandemic, and will use this information to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on our participating families.