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A case-control study of emotion regulation and school refusal in children and adolescents

Hughes, Elizabeth K., Gullone, Eleonora, Dudley, Amanda and Tonge, Bruce 2010, A case-control study of emotion regulation and school refusal in children and adolescents, Journal of early adolescence, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 691-706, doi: 10.1177/0272431609341049.

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Title A case-control study of emotion regulation and school refusal in children and adolescents
Author(s) Hughes, Elizabeth K.
Gullone, Eleonora
Dudley, Amanda
Tonge, Bruce
Journal name Journal of early adolescence
Volume number 30
Issue number 5
Start page 691
End page 706
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1552-5449
Keyword(s) school refusal
anxiety disorders
emotional regulation
adolescents
Summary The current study aimed to investigate emotion regulation (ER) strategy use in a sample of 21 clinic-referred children and adolescents (10-14 years old) presenting with school refusal, all of whom were diagnosed with at least one anxiety disorder. Being the first known study to examine ER and school refusal, hypotheses were guided by previous research on anxiety. It was hypothesized that the school refusal sample would report less healthy ER strategy use compared to an age- and sex-matched nonclinical sample (n = 21). As expected, the school refusal sample reported less use of cognitive reappraisal and greater use of expressive suppression to regulate their emotions than did the nonclinical sample. Although preliminary, the findings provide important information regarding the emotional functioning of children and adolescents presenting with school refusal. Future directions for research and implications for improved prevention and intervention programs are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0272431609341049
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063872

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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