Effective regulation of the experience and expression of negative affect in old age

Phillips, Louise H., Henry, Julie D., Hosie, Judith A. and Milne, Alan B. (2008) Effective regulation of the experience and expression of negative affect in old age. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 63 3: 138-145.

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Author Phillips, Louise H.
Henry, Julie D.
Hosie, Judith A.
Milne, Alan B.
Title Effective regulation of the experience and expression of negative affect in old age
Journal name The Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-5368
1079-5014
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 63
Issue 3
Start page 138
End page 145
Total pages 8
Place of publication United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We investigated age differences in the experience and expression of emotion in 64 younger and 62 older adults. By manipulating emotion-regulation instructions, we investigated the effects of age on the control of both the inner experience and the outward expression of emotion. We predicted that there would be age improvements in regulating the inner experience of emotion. Indeed, our results indicated that older adults were more effective than young adults in following instructions to reduce the early experience of negative emotion. There were no age differences in following another emotion-regulation strategy involving the suppression of emotional display. In
contrast to the well-documented difficulties in cognitive regulation of other studies, these data suggest that the ability to control experience and expression of emotions operates effectively in older adulthood.
Keyword Emotion regulation
Negative affect
Regulatory skills
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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