Eric A. LaBass is a 2016 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle.

Dissertation Committee:

  • Mark Russell, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Pat Linn, Ph.D., Committee Co-Chair
  • Molly Reid, Ph.D., Committee Member


Children's Negative Emotions Scale, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, emotion coaching, parenting, parental perception

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The purpose of this study was to explore if parental perception of children's negative emotions changes after participating in the parenting program How to Talk to Kids So Kids Will Listen-Video Series (HTK) (Faber & Mazlish, 2002). The HTK workshop comprises six sessions designed to teach parents to identify and empathize with children's feelings and learn emotional communication skills that facilitate a respectful relationship between parent and child. The Coping with Children's Negative Emotions Scale (CCNES) (Fabes, Eisenberg, & Bernzweig, 1990) was given to parents before and after participation in the HTK workshop. The CCNES revealed that a total of 9 participants of the HTK parenting program reported experiencing a decrease in distressed, punitive, and minimizing reactions to their children;s negative emotions after having participated in the HTK workshop. Parents also reported being more likely to encourage their children to express negative affects and find solutions to the problem causing emotional distress after having participated in the HTK workshop. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, and AURA,