Dispositional and stressor-related emotion regulation in the context of a chronic, life-limiting stressor.

TitleDispositional and stressor-related emotion regulation in the context of a chronic, life-limiting stressor.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsStanton AL, Low CA
JournalJ Pers
Date Published2012 Apr
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adult, Breast Neoplasms, Expressed Emotion, Female, Humans, Internal-External Control, Life Change Events, Middle Aged, Quality of Life, Self Efficacy, Severity of Illness Index, Social Adjustment, Social Support

In the context of efforts to regulate emotion during chronic stressors, both dispositional response tendencies (affect intensity, negative and positive expressivity) and stressor-related coping through emotional approach (processing and expressing emotions) are relevant to adjustment. In women with metastatic breast cancer (N = 103), contributions of self-reported emotional processing and expression related to cancer, as well as dispositional expressivity to adaptive outcomes across 3 months were examined. In the context of high dispositional expressivity, an increase in emotional expression predicted improvements in depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Emotional processing at study entry predicted increased depressive symptoms and intrusive thoughts, and declining life satisfaction among highly expressive women. Increasing emotional processing predicted improved depressive symptoms in the context of high expressivity. Increases in emotional approach coping were associated with a more arduous cancer experience. Findings highlight the importance of the person-situation fit in linking emotion-related constructs to adjustment during unremitting stressors.

Alternate JournalJ Pers
PubMed ID21446946