Title

Effect of Child-Relevant Cognitions on Mother's Mood: The Moderating Effect of Child-Trait Conceptions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Keywords

MATERIAL COGNITION, MATERIAL MOOD, MOTHER-CHILD, CHILD-TRAITS

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1023%2FA%3A1018711918921

Abstract

A large literature suggests that cognition inclose relationships influences interpersonal processesand outcomes. The present study sought to extend thisarea of inquiry by investigating whether valenced cognitions about a target-child influencesmother's mood, whether preexisting trait conceptions ofthe child moderates this effect, and whethercognition-induced mood alters subsequent traitconceptions of the target. Eightymothers listed and wroteabout positive or negative characteristics of theirchildren. Regardless of child-trait conceptions,activating positive information elevated mothers' mood. In contrast, activating negative informationlowered mood only in mothers with relatively negativechild-trait conceptions. Mood induced by the cognitiveactivation procedure also independently contributed to postactivation child-trait conceptions ofthe child. Results suggest that negative traitconceptions of a child may create a cognitive contextthat makes parents vulnerable to negative affectivereactions to child behavior.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Cognitive Therapy and Research, v. 22, issue 1, p. 47-61.

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