• Sara Waters, Wash. State Univ., Vancouver
  • Helena Karnilowicz, UC Berkeley
  • Tessa West, New York Univ.
  • Wendy Berry Mendes, UC San Francisco
Emotion suppression was manipulated in acutely stressed parents during interaction with their children. Mother-to-child physiological influence and child-to-father physiological influence were stronger in the suppression than control condition. Positive interaction behaviors were compromised in the suppression condition, especially for fathers. Masking emotion undercuts interaction quality.