Emotion dysregulation and re-regulation: predictors of relationship intimacy and distress

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Title: Emotion dysregulation and re-regulation: predictors of relationship intimacy and distress
Author: Abbott, Brian Vaughn
Abstract: Over the past 20 years , our understanding of emotional processes has grown rapidly . Within the study of emotion , a key area of interest has been how individuals succeed or fail in regulating emotional responses . Although still in its early development , researchers in this field have made progress in identifying the neurological , psychological , and social processes that underlie emotion regulation and dysregulation . Despite these advances , relatively few of these insights have been considered in light of the highly emotional terrain of couple distress . In the present study , one hundred and eight cohabiting couples rated themselves and their partner on key emotion regulation variables (e .g . , the tendency to lose control of one ? ?s emotions and the ability to restore emotional control and equilibrium ) . Analyses using the Actor - Partner Interdependence Model (APIM ) showed strong links between these variables and individuals ? ? experience of intimacy and distress in their relationship . Results suggest that there are multiple avenues through which emotion regulation impacts a given individual ? ?s relationship functioning ; these include : (1 ) the individual ? ?s self perceived capacity for emotion regulation , (2 ) their partner ? ?s self -perceived capacity for emotion regulation , (3 ) the individual ? ?s perception of their partner ? ?s capacity for emotion regulation , and (4 ) the partner ? ?s perception of the individual ? ?s emotion regulation abilities .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2380
Date: 2005-08-29

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Emotion dysregulation and re-regulation: predictors of relationship intimacy and distress. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2380 .

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