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what is socioemotional flexibility:

the range of emotions that you can experience

the ability to transition between emotions

what is the main idea of the flex 3 model:

that you can have socioemotional flexibility at different time scales

what are these time scales:

dynamic flexibility (seconds)

reactive flexibility (minutes)

trait and developmental flexibility (years)

what is dynamic flexibility:

all of the other the tiny emotional adjustments that you make in one specific emotional context

real time micro adjustments

transitions from state to state

what is reactive flexibility:

the change in emotions over the course of the day

how you react to changing situations, it changes the strain on you and your goals, do you change your emotion?

flexibility: the change in emotions that match the context that you are in

when does flexibility reduce

when you are experiencing negative emotions

people tend to show what in a positive state:

more emotions, and more transition between emotions

trait and developmental flexibility:

people differ in their emotional flexibility overall

and there can be changes in emotional flexibility over time

ex: adolescence

how can you measure dynamic flexibility?

with state space grids

what does a flexible dyad look like on a state space gride:

lower mean durations - the cells are smaller

more transitions

more cells

what does a rigid dyad look like on a state space grid:

less cells, less transitions,

the cells are larger - on that emotion for a longer mean time

what is characteristic of people with externalizing problem:

they show more rigidity in their emotional structure

and assessing how rigid someone's emotional structure was at one time point (dynamic flexibility) was able to predict who would have externalizing problems in the future

i think

being high on rigidity also leads to:

high internalizing problems

what is reactive flexibility?

how you respond to changes in your emotional context

what happens when there is a change in emotional context:

there is a change in goals, and demands

what indicates reactive flexibility when the emotional context changes:

if the response changes

what indicates not reactive flexibiliity (being rigid) when the emotional context changes:

in the response does not change

how can you assess someone's reactive flexibility?

with A-B-A designs

(positive discussion - conflict - positive discussion)

the ABA design data can be plotted on a

state space grid

describe the results of the study that looked at reactive flexibility and stress experienced:

both groups experienced more negative emotions in the conflict discussion than in the other discussion

the group that experienced more stress showed less negative emotion overall, compared to the group that was less stressed (which indicates that not expressing negative emotions is maladaptive cuz it makes you stressed)

they also found that

both groups showed less flexibility in the conflict discussion compared to the positive discussion

but that the high stress group showed less flexibility in the positive discussion than the low stress group

describe the study that used the ABABA design to look at reactive flexibility in specific contexts

between mother and daughter


what were the 3 types of groups that they found:

high flexibility group

average flexibility group

low flexibility group

what was the high flexibility group associated with

it wasnt related to mother or daughter internalizing symtpoms

what was the average flexibility group associated with

it was associated with lower maternal depressive symptoms, and higher mother daughter relationship quality

what was the low flexibility group associated with:

it was associated with higher maternal depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms and social anxiety symptoms and lower mother daughter relatioship quality


socioemotional flexibility at different time scales is an important aspect of caregiver child emotion regulation related to psychosocial adjustment

textbook now:

ill add these once i get the notes from you ;)