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Believing emotions are uncontrollable is linked to eating disorder psychopathology via suppression and reappraisal.

Vuillier, L., Joseph, J., Sommerville, M. P. and Harrison, A., 2021. Believing emotions are uncontrollable is linked to eating disorder psychopathology via suppression and reappraisal. Journal of Eating Disorders, 9 (1), 43.

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DOI: 10.1186/s40337-021-00395-8

Abstract

Objective Research suggests that beliefs about emotional controllability influence the use of emotion regulation strategies, which in turn impact psychological health and illness. However, no research has yet investigated whether emotional controllability is linked to eating psychopathology. The current study investigates whether these concepts are related, as individuals with eating disorders have problems with emotion regulation. Method We collected self-report data from 718 participants from a community sample using validated questionnaires, and ran mediational analyses to assess the relationship between emotional controllability and eating psychopathology, via reappraisal and suppression, two emotion regulation strategies. Results Our mediational analyses suggest that believing emotions to be uncontrollable relates to high levels of suppression (β = −.08), low levels of reappraisal (β = .19) and poorer eating disorder psychopathology (β = −.11). Reappraisal and suppression were found to partially mediate the relationship between emotional controllability and eating psychopathology. Discussion The current study has demonstrated relationships that support investigations relating emotional controllability, emotion regulation and psychological health. This research has potential implications for developing interventions to target beliefs about emotions in order to help improve emotion regulation skills and eating psychopathology.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2050-2974
Uncontrolled Keywords:Emotional controllability; Emotion regulation; Reappraisal; Suppression; Eating psychopathology
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:35368
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:08 Apr 2021 07:27
Last Modified:15 Aug 2021 08:28

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