Emotion regulation mediates age differences in emotions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-418
Journal / PublicationAging and Mental Health
Volume15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

Abstract

Objectives: This study aimed at testing the proposition of socioemotional selectivity theory whether older people would use more antecedent-focused emotion regulatory strategies like cognitive reappraisal but fewer response-focused strategies like suppression. It also aimed at investigating the mediating role of emotion regulation on the relationship between age and emotions. Method: The sample consisted of 654 younger and older adults aged between 18 and 64. Results and conclusion: Results showed that age was significantly associated with positive emotions and cognitive reappraisal. No difference was found in negative emotions and suppression between younger and older adults. Cognitive reappraisal partially mediated the effect of age on positive emotions. Findings of this study contribute to our understanding of the underlying mechanism of age variations in emotional experiences. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Research Area(s)

  • age, cognitive reappraisal, emotion, emotion regulation

Citation Format(s)

Emotion regulation mediates age differences in emotions. / Yeung, Dannii Y.; Wong, Carmen K. M.; Lok, David P. P.

In: Aging and Mental Health, Vol. 15, No. 3, 04.2011, p. 414-418.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal