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(p. 165) Affective Expression and Modulation Skills 

(p. 165) Affective Expression and Modulation Skills
(p. 165) Affective Expression and Modulation Skills

Esther Deblinger

, Anthony P. Mannarino

, Judith A. Cohen

, Melissa K. Runyon

, and Anne H. Heflin

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date: 30 July 2021

This chapter describes child, parent, and conjoint activities that focus on affective expression and modulation skills, while building on earlier psychoeducation and relaxation skills. In individual sessions, children are helped to expand their emotional vocabulary, while learning to identify, express, and manage their feelings related to both nonabusive and abusive experiences. The individual parent session activities highlight the importance of parental coping skill building to enhance parents’ skills in serving as effective coping role models for their children, while parents simultaneously learn to catch, shape, and praise their children’s use of these same coping skills. In addition, the chapter highlights reflective listening and the use of selective attention to increase parents’ skills in encouraging adaptive coping behaviors while decreasing problematic abuse-related behaviors in children and teens.

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