Trait and Daily Emotion Regulation in Social Anxiety Disorder

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Emotion regulation strategies vary widely in use and effectiveness across psychological diagnostic categories. However, little data exists on (1) the use of these strategies in social anxiety disorder (SAD), and (2) how trait measures compare with actual daily use of emotion regulation strategies. We collected trait and daily assessments of emotion suppression, cognitive reappraisal, and positive and negative emotions from 40 adults with SAD and 39 matched healthy controls. Participants with SAD reported greater trait suppression and less cognitive reappraisal than healthy controls, and exhibited this same pattern of emotion regulation in daily life. Participants overall reported worse emotional experiences when suppressing positive (vs. negative) emotions, and better emotional experiences when reappraising to feel more positive (vs. less negative) emotions. However, SAD participants exhibited greater benefits (specifically increased positive emotions) from reappraising to feel less negative than healthy controls. These findings highlight the importance of positive emotion regulation strategies, particularly for individuals with SAD.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blalock, DV; Kashdan, TB; Farmer, AS

Published Date

  • June 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 416 - 425

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2819

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-5916

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10608-015-9739-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus