Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MA in Child Development

First Advisor

Cynthia Parson Puccio, Ph.D., M.A., L.C.S.W.


Research on anger in childhood typically refers to “difficult” children. In academic, social, and family settings, anger is not being addressed unless it is causing a noticeable disturbance such as screaming and/or hitting. The negative attention associated with anger expression is part of the socialization of anger. Society has labeled anger as a negative emotion and this view leads to the suppression of this emotion to avoid negative attention. The literature on emotions in childhood highlights the negative outcomes that emotional suppression can create. A child’s expression of emotions is a combination of their external environment and their ability to regulate their emotions. This thesis will explore a case in which a child is afraid to express his anger and displays as fearful and sad. I will explore the familial socialization of anger and expressive suppression through reviewing current literature and focusing on this case study.

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Psychology Commons