Rachel started her PhD in August 2014 at the University of Auckland. Her PhD focuses specifically on the impact emotion regulation during marital conflict has on family functioning. Prior research has documented the negative effects marital conflict have on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Yet, little is known about what different emotion regulation strategies are effective during marital conflict, and how such emotion regulation strategies determine whether marital conflict spills over to influence parent-child relationship in subsequent triadic family interactions. Rachel’s research aims to identify (1) what emotion regulation strategies are effective during marital conflict, (2) what are the emotion regulation strategies and important individual characteristics that buffer the spillover effects of marital conflict, and (3) whether children learn maladaptive emotion regulation strategies in triadic family interactions following marital conflict.
Rachel adopts diverse methods to explore these research questions, including behavioural observation, daily diaries, and longitudinal designs to assess these interpersonal processes as they naturally occur. To analyse these data, she uses statistical methods necessary to account for dependencies across family members, such as multi-level dyadic modelling (e.g., Actor-Partner Interdependence Model).
Low, R.S.T., Overall, N.C., Hammond, M.D., & Girme, Y. U. (2017). Expressive suppression during personal goal pursuit impedes goal striving and achievement. Emotion, 17, 208-223. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000218