Predictors of Positive Emotion Regulation Strategies: Attachment and Self Esteem

Karen Goodall, C. McVittie, A. McKinlay, C. Uytman

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Background: Emotion regulation abilities are linked to indices of mental and physical health such as stress reactivity and depression proneness. In particular, the ability to maintain and up-regulate positive emotions is related to well-being (Tugade & Fredrickson, 2007). The present study investigated whether the tendency to up- or down-regulate positive emotion can be linked to attachment-based traits and self-esteem. Methods: In this cross-sectional
correlational study, 176 participants completed 3 online questionnaires: the Experiences in Close Relationships Revised (ECR-R) Questionnaire, the Rosenberg Self -Esteem scale and the Emotion Regulation Profile- Revised (ERP-R). Multiple regression analysis indicated that attachment anxiety and self esteem predict negative strategies based on down-regulation of positive emotion, while low levels of avoidance predict the use of strategies that maintain and up-regulate positive emotion. Discussion: Attachment-based information about the management of positive emotion has implications for treatment of individuals suffering from mood disorders and stress-related physical symptoms
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-50
Number of pages1
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue numberSupp. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event“Resiliance and Health” : 26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 21 Aug 201225 Aug 2012


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