Prospective Effects of Emotion-Regulation Skills on Emotional Adjustment

Berking M, Orth U, Wupperman P, Meier LL, Caspar F (2008)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2008


Book Volume: 55

Pages Range: 485-494

Journal Issue: 4

DOI: 10.1037/a0013589


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. © 2008 American Psychological Association.

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Berking, M., Orth, U., Wupperman, P., Meier, L.L., & Caspar, F. (2008). Prospective Effects of Emotion-Regulation Skills on Emotional Adjustment. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55(4), 485-494.


Berking, Matthias, et al. "Prospective Effects of Emotion-Regulation Skills on Emotional Adjustment." Journal of Counseling Psychology 55.4 (2008): 485-494.

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