Back Row: Joanna, Karen, Sarah, Emily M., Dr. Schulz
Front Row: Emily W., Sarah Ellen, Heejin, Amy, Ginny
We are interested in how individuals regulate their emotional experience and expression especially when they are under stress or interacting with family members. Our research focuses on identifying the determinants and consequences of different styles of emotion regulation and expression. We have particular interests in studying how couples express and regulate emotions as they negotiate conflicts, communicate about important issues, and cope with daily stressors. By studying important aspects of couple relationships we hope to identify factors that may help couples maintain satisfying and healthy relationships and allow their children to thrive.
We have been using multiple methods (i.e., observational, psychophysiological, and self-report) to study emotion processes in the context of actual couple interactions. In addition to studying a number of questions related to emotion and its influence on other psychological processes, another important goal of our studies is to identify correlates of marital satisfaction and stability.
We have been conducting studies examining the consequences of particular emotion regulation strategies or styles (e.g., suppression, mindfulness) on psychological and physical functioning.
We have been exploring the ways in which work activities might influence couple and family life on a daily basis. Using daily diary designs we have studied daily work and family links in firefighters, Bryn Mawr alumnae, and their families.