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The Double-edged Sword: Emotional Regulation for children at Risk (PDF 138KB)

This analysis by Thompson & Calkins (1996) discusses how emotional regulation in children at risk may foster both resiliency and vulnerability by considering how emotion is managed.

"This double-edged sword of emotional regulation in conditions of risk for children cautions against using 'optimal' emotional regulation as an evaluative standard for such children or assuming that emotional regulation necessarily improves psychosocial well-being."