Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1243-109X

Defense Date

2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Marcia A. Winter

Abstract

The objective of this study was to test the role of parent alexithymia in explaining why some children are functioning relatively well during the COVID-19 pandemic while others are experiencing poor mental health. Participants were 88 U.S. children (Mage = 9.94 years; 54.5% female; 59.1% White) and their parents/caregivers (68.2% female; 59.1% White). Two models were tested: a path model in which the association between parent alexithymia symptoms and child COVID-19-related posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) was mediated by child alexithymia symptoms, and a moderator model in which the association between parent alexithymia symptoms and child PTSS was moderated by child alexithymia symptoms. The hypothesized mediation model was statistically significant (β = 0.15, SE = 0.05, 95% CI: [0.07, 0.25]), whereas the alternative moderator model was not (β = .06, p = .44). Findings highlight the importance of parents’ emotional understanding and regulation for child mental health during mass trauma.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-4-2022

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