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Relation between depression/anxiety and emotion regulation choice : Role of affective flexibility

  • Clinical Psychology in Korea: Research and Practice
  • 2018, 4(2), pp.211-237
  • DOI : 10.15842/CPKJOURNAL.PUB.4.2.211
  • Publisher : Korean Clinical Psychology Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science > Clinical Psychology
  • Received : November 21, 2017
  • Accepted : February 19, 2018

VHS Medical Center 1

1중앙보훈병원

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The present study aimed to examine the preference for emotion regulation choice in depression and anxiety through an experiment and the impacts of affective flexibility. In this study, cognitive and affective flexibility was measured with a switching task. Additionally the preferred emotion regulation choice depending on negative emotional strength was measured using an emotion regulation task involving directly selection of reappraisal or switching strategy. The results showed that the high trait anxiety group preferred to switch away under low-emotion intensity compared to the low trait anxiety group. In particular, greater preference was related to lower switching away from the affective aspects of positive image. The depressed group was not different from the non-depressed group in terms of preference. However, their preference depended on switching away from the neutral aspects of negative image. This study emphasizes the importance of flexible emotion regulation choice and shows that affective flexibility, measured with emotional material, is closely associated with effects on emotion regulation choice in depression and anxiety. Moreover, this study implies that affective flexibility should be improved with flexible emotion regulation choice to regulate emotion adaptively.

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