Prospective effects of emotion regulation on emotional adjustment

Berking, Matthias; Orth, Ulrich; Wuppermann, Peggilee; Meier, Laurenz L.; Caspar, Franz (2008). Prospective effects of emotion regulation on emotional adjustment. Journal of counseling psychology, 55(4), pp. 485-494. Dubuque, Iowa: American Psychological Association 10.1037/a0013589

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Deficits in emotion-regulation skills have widely been shown to be associated with poor emotional adjustment. However, it is still unclear whether these deficits are a cause or a consequence of poor adjustment. The purpose of the present research was to clarify the reciprocal effects between these 2 concepts. In 2 studies (Ns = 446 and 635), self-reports of emotion regulation and emotional adjustment were assessed twice with a 2-week interval. Cross-lagged regression analyses demonstrated that self-reports of emotion regulation predicted subsequent adjustment, over and above the effects of previous adjustment, whereas emotional adjustment did not predict subsequent emotion regulation. Thus, a focus on emotion-regulation skills may be important in the prevention and treatment of affect-related mental health problems.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Berking, Matthias John Bryan; Orth, Ulrich and Caspar, Franz-Maurus


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




American Psychological Association




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04 Oct 2013 15:16

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15 Sep 2017 16:09

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