This week on Grad Chat:
Jessica Lougheed: Developmental Psychology (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Tom Hollenstein
Research Topic: How adolescents develop the ability to regulate (or manage) their emotions in social contexts, particularly within mother-daughter relationships
Overview of research: As part of typical development, most adolescents experience increased fluctuations and intensity in their emotional lives. Typically-developing adolescents are also at increased risk for developing mental health issues. The ability to regulate (or manage) emotions is important to adolescent well-being. Children and adolescents develop the ability to regulate emotions through interactions with primary caregivers. Adolescence presents challenges to both adolescents and parents in terms of adjusting to the changing emotion dynamics within their relationship, and yet, most research has focused on general patterns of parent-adolescent interactions rather than real time (moment-to-moment) dynamics.