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Rough-and-tumble play and the regulation of aggression in preschoolers

How does preschoolers’ play style relate to their aggressive impulses?

Guida Veiga, Rachel O'Connor, Carlos Neto, and Carolien Rieffe
20 October 2020
Read the paper in Early Child Development and Care

In Guida Veiga’s recent study, rough-and-tumble play (RTP) at home was related to more emotion dysregulation and aggression in preschoolers, and at school RTP was related to more physical aggression. Negative emotions displayed during father-child RTP was related to poorer emotion regulation and higher levels of aggression. Overall, RTP does not seem to improve emotion regulation for children.

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