UB Psychology Team Teaches Negative Emotional Regulation from an Early Age

The Brawijaya University Psychology Community Service Team believes that children need to be taught emotional regulation from an early age. Because of this, they are doing community service at Insan Permata 2 Kindergarten Malang City starting March 27-28 2024.

UB Psychology community service team, Dita Rachmayani, S.Psi., M.A, said that at the age of 4-5 years or Kindergarten age, this is the school age that experiences many situations. Previously, they carried out activities in the family environment, this time in a school environment with a different social situation.

“Well, here there are various things that make their emotions affected by this situation,” she said.

Dita Rachmayani and her team focus on education, especially for negative emotions such as fear, anger and sadness.

“With an emotional regulation strategy, it is hoped that they will be able to manage their emotions better,” explained this UB Psychology alumnus.

Dita believes that children have known emotions so far, but strategies for dealing with them are sometimes ineffective.

“There are those who remain silent, or there are those who suppress their feelings to not express their emotions,” she explained.

“On the other hand, parents may also not understand that if a child is angry or sad, it is not validated by saying, don’t be angry. In the end, children suppress their negative emotions, even though if they are suppressed it will actually have a negative impact on the child,” continued Dita.

Dita hopes that this emotional regulation education will make children more directed at trying to think again, or that they will actually be able to deal with these negative emotions.

“That doesn’t mean it was ignored or diverted, but yes, the emotions were realized,” she said.

In this community service, there are several methods carried out by UB Psychology team. First, through a pretest, by asking what habits they do when they are sad, angry or afraid.

“Will they just keep quiet when they feel sad? or run to his mother? Or do they think it’s sad because of what? Is that normal or not?” said Dita.

After that, an educational video was given. According to Dita, this was done because it is now easier for children to understand information through videos, so that is the educational method we provide.

“This video contains situations where these negative feelings can arise. For example, they are sad, so what do they feel, then what should they do, like that,” explained this UGM Master of Psychology alumnus.

Furthermore, after watching the video, the children will be measured whether they know what to do or not.

“The pre-test starts with their habits. After watching the video, the hope is that they will know what they actually have to do to overcome these emotions,” explained Dita.

Dita hopes that after this community service activity, children’s abilities will increase to understand what to do to deal with negative emotions.

“Yes, for example, when you feel angry, sad or afraid, what should you actually do? Do they then have to divert their attention by playing, singing, or meeting their mother, or can they think again about whether it is natural for them to feel sad emotions,” she stressed.

Furthermore, according to Dita, emotional education is in line with the program of the Directorate of Early Childhood Education so that schools themselves can have the competence to improve social emotional competence.

In community service activities, UB Psychology team was attended by 4 classes of A level at Insan Permata 2 Kindergarten, Malang City. The children enthusiastically took part in various activities guided by the team and several facilitators. (*/OKY/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)