Age, anger regulation and well-being

Phillips, L. H., Henry, J. D., Hosie, J. A. and Milne, A. B. (2006) Age, anger regulation and well-being. Aging and Mental Health, 10 3: 250-256. doi:10.1080/13607860500310385

Author Phillips, L. H.
Henry, J. D.
Hosie, J. A.
Milne, A. B.
Title Age, anger regulation and well-being
Journal name Aging and Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-7863
Publication date 2006-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13607860500310385
Volume 10
Issue 3
Start page 250
End page 256
Total pages 7
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Emotion regulation has been argued to be an important factor in well-being. The current study investigated the effects of adult aging on emotional expression, emotional control and rumination about emotional events, focusing on an emotion which is particularly important in social interaction: anger. Measures of anger regulation and well-being were obtained in a sample of 286 adults aged between 18 and 88. Older adults expressed anger outwardly less often, and reported more inner control of anger using calming strategies compared to their younger counterparts. These age differences were not explained by variance in social desirability of responding. Age improvements in negative affect and anxiety were partly explained by age differences in anger regulation suggesting an important role for anger management in good mental health amongst older adults. Further, age improvements in quality of life were explained by variance in anger regulation indicating that improved management of emotions with age is an important factor in maintaining well-being in old age.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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