The Role of Neurobiological Bases of Dyadic Emotion Regulation in the Development of Psychopathology: Cross-Brain Associations Between Parents and Children

Erin L. Ratliff, Kara L. Kerr, Kelly T. Cosgrove, W. Kyle Simmons, Amanda Sheffield Morris

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Abstract

Daily interactions between parents and children play a large role in children’s emotional development and mental health. Thus, it is important to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying this association within the context of these dyadic social interactions. We suggest that examining cross-brain associations, coordinated brain responses, among parents and children increases our understanding of patterns of social and emotion-related processes that occur during parent–child interactions, which may influence the development of child emotion regulation and psychopathology. Therefore, we extend the Parent–Child Emotion Regulation Dynamics Model (Morris et al., in: Cole and Hollenstein (eds) Dynamics of emotion regulation: A matter of time, Taylor & Francis, 2018) to include cross-brain associations involved in dyadic emotion regulation during parent–child social emotional interactions and discuss how this model can inform future research and its broader applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Cross-brain associations
  • Cross-brain connectivity
  • Emotion regulation
  • Inter-brain synchrony
  • Parent–child relationship
  • Psychopathology

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