Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory and emotion regulation difficulties: A multimodal investigation

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examined associations between BIS-FFFS, BAS dimensions, and emotion regulation (ER) assessed across self-report and behavioral domains among 101 adults. Findings revealed significant associations among the various ER assessments, as well as between ER and BIS-FFFS and BAS dimensions. As expected, BIS-FFFS was positively associated with self-reported ER difficulties, and, among women, BIS-FFFS was negatively associated with a behavioral measure of ER assessing the willingness to experience distress in order to pursue goal-directed behavior. BAS had a more complex association with ER, with certain BAS dimensions (e.g., Drive among women, Fun-Seeking) demonstrating unique positive associations with adaptive ER and other dimensions demonstrating negative associations with adaptive ER. Findings suggest the relevance of individual variations in BIS-FFFS and BAS to ER difficulties, as well as potential pathways through which sensitivity to punishment and reward may contribute to psychopathology. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tull, MT; Gratz, KL; Latzman, RD; Kimbrel, NA; Lejuez, CW

Published Date

  • December 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 989 - 994

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0191-8869

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.paid.2010.08.010

Citation Source

  • Scopus