Thesis Title: Mothers’ Emotional Expressiveness and Children’s Psychosocial Adjustment

Student Title: Mahrukh Iftikhar

Supervisor: Saima Ghazal, PhD

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018


The present study was conducted to explore the relationship between other’s emotional expressiveness and children’s psychosocial adjustment. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between mother’s emotional expressiveness and children’s psychosocial adjustment. It was also hypothesized that mother’s negative emotional expressiveness would predict children’s better psychosocial adjustment. Correlational research design was used in this study. A sample of (N = 115) mothers were recruited through private schools (Tabish Grammar School, English Grammar School, Furqan Grammar School), using purposive sampling technique. The Modified Version of Self-Expressiveness within Family Context (Mizokawa, 2013) was used to assess mothers’ emotional expressivity and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ; Robert Goodman, 1997) was used to assess children’s psychosocial adjustment. The results showed that there was significant negative relationship between mother’s negative emotional expressiveness and children’s better psychosocial adjustment. The findings of the study are useful; indicating that mother’s expression of positive emotions is helpful and desired for child’s better and improved psychosocial adjustment.

Keywords:     Mothers’ emotional expressiveness, children’s psychosocial adjustment.