What is CAPES?
CAPES is the Child and Parent Emotion Study, a two-year longitudinal study looking at how emotions affect parenting and children’s socio-emotional wellbeing.
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 internalizing and externalizing 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.
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