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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