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The Influence of Emotion Regulation on Well-Being, Internalizing Symptoms, and Disordered Eating Among Emerging Adults

The Influence of Emotion Regulation on Well-Being, Internalizing Symptoms, and Disordered Eating Among Emerging Adults

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Title: The Influence of Emotion Regulation on Well-Being, Internalizing Symptoms, and Disordered Eating Among Emerging Adults
Author: Levin, Rivka L.
Abstract: Emerging adulthood is a key period for the development of ER, which may set individuals on lifelong trajectories of mental health. Therefore, it is important to understand what components of ER are associated with adaptive and maladaptive outcomes among emerging adults. Using structural equation modelling, the relationships between different components of ER (dysregulation, strategy use, flexibility) and well-being (happiness, flourishing), and internalizing symptoms (depression, anxiety) and disordered eating were explored. As expected, dysregulation was related to reduced well-being and greater internalizing symptoms and disordered eating. Reappraisal was positively associated with well-being and negatively associated with internalizing symptoms, while the opposite relationship was found for suppression. Suppression was also linked to disordered eating. ER flexibility was related to well-being for emerging adult men only. Further, dysregulation had the largest effect on all outcomes. The research findings have important implications for researchers, clinicians, and post-secondary institutions and can inform prevention and treatment.
Subject: Mental health
Keywords: Emerging adulthood
Emerging adults
Emotion regulation
Happiness
Well-being
Flourishing
Depression
Anxiety
Disordered eating
University students
Emotion regulation flexibility
Suppression
Reappraisal
Strategy use
Positive psychology
Developmental psychopathology
Mental health
Mental illness
Young adults
College students
Undergraduate students
Eating disorders
Structural equation modeling
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35822
Supervisor: Rawana, Jennine
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Psychology(Functional Area: Clinical-Developmental)
Exam date: 2018-09-27
Publish on: 2019-03-05

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