An investigatory study into habitual emotion regulation strategies and their differential consequences for affect states and cognition

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Authors
McSweeney, Marco
Issue Date
2012
Degree
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Publisher
Dublin Business School
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Abstract
The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between the use of habitual emotion regulation strategies and their differential consequences for affects states and cognition. The moderator variables of interest were gender and age. The study involved an undergraduate sample (N=182) and made use of ERQ, PANAS-X, and the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire. A significant difference was found between male and female participants for expressive suppression, but not for cognitive reappraisal. No significant difference was found in terms of age group in relation to emotion regulation. A significant difference was found between age groups in terms of both NA and PA. Results also showed that cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression were strongly related to both NA and PA, and that expressive suppression did not result in more cognitive failures. Author keywords: Emotion regulation
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