Infant and development psychiatry

Emotion Regulation and Mental Development (EMORE)

Main objectives of the research are:

I To examine how mother’s well functioning emotion regulation (contentment, positive emotional states) and poorly functioning emotion regulation (depressive emotional states) influence child’s mental development.

  • To examine whether shared pleasure in mother-child interaction contributes to child’s well being and development.
  • To examine how mother’s well and poorly functioning emotion regulation affects a) mutual emotion regulation in mother-child interaction, and b) child’s own emotion regulation.
  • To examine what kind of behavior in early mother-child interaction is indicative of adaptive and maladaptive emotional regulation patterns and later mental development of the child.

II To examine the importance of timing of emotional sharing in mother-child interaction and timing of contentment and depressive states during the different stages of child’s development.

Group leader

Tuula Tamminen MLL:n liittohallituksen puheenjohtaja.Kuva: Leena Louhivaara

Professor Tuula Tamminen, email: tuula.tamminen(at)

EMORE research group

Docent Kaija Puura, MD, PhD
Ilona Luoma, MD, PhD
Mirjami Mäntymaa, MD, PhD
Reija Latva, MD, PhD
Raili Salmelin, MSc, PhD
Tarja Sorvali, MD, PhD student
Marie-Kaarin Korhonen, MD, PhD student

Contact details

Visiting address: Arvo-building

Leena Kiuru, MSc (Admin.), Research coordinator
Email: leena.kiuru(at), phone: +358 40 190 9830


Emotion Regulation and Mental Development (EMORE)

Other research themes

  • In low (Dos Puura)
  • Tunteiden tunnistaminen (Dos Puura)
  • Late: STM ->THL, neuvola- ja kouluterveydenhuollon toiminnan tutkimus (Pälvi Kaukonen)
  • LAPS-tutkimushanke: perusterveydenhuollon ja esh-rajapinta (Pälvi Kaukonen)
  • MacArthur Story Stem Battery (MSSB): Revealing the inner worlds of young children

Ongoing doctoral studies

Marie-Kaarin Korhonen, Marie-Kaarin: A longitudinal study of maternal depressive symptoms and child sosioemotional development from pregnancy to adolescence.

Borg, Anne-Mari: Reliability and utility of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire among Finnish 5-8 year old children in primary health care.

Sorvali, Tarja: Mothers and daughters – associations of mother’s depression and parenting stress with her daughter’s psychosocial well-being and emotional development when starting school.

Kaartinen, Miia: Tunnereaktiot AS-lapsilla.

Hastrup, Arja: Lasten psykososiaalisen terveyden ja kehityksen arviointi neuvolan terveystarkastuksissa – terveydenhoitajien huoli ja toimenpiteet.

Reseach news

Moments of joy shield the child from psychological problems


Academy of Finland

Pirkanmaa Hospital District

Tampere University Hospital, Department of Child Psychiatry Read more

The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) has its Central Office located in the joint campus of Tampere University Hospital and the University of Tampere.