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Could Mental Health be a Group Effort?

As any parent or caregiver can attest, the emotions displayed in a young child are at times unexplainable and fickle. The attempts of adults to help children calm down, regain composure and avoid a complete meltdown can range from using a soothing voice, to distraction, to physically changing the current environment. This attempt at interfering and changing the emotional state of another is known in psychology as social emotional regulation. Social emotional regulation is defined as one person, known as the regulator, intentionally trying to change the emotions of another, known as the target (Reeck et al., 2016). According to Reeck et al., developmental research...