Trauma and affective forecasting: The mediating effect of emotion dysregulation on predictions of negative affect

Rizeq, J. and McCann, D. (2019) Trauma and affective forecasting: The mediating effect of emotion dysregulation on predictions of negative affect. Personality and Individual Differences, 147, pp. 172-176. (doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.04.036)

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Work on affective forecasting has provided support for the finding that people overestimate their predicted emotional reactions towards future life events. We extend past work by highlighting individual differences in affective forecasting. A sample of 368 undergraduate students differing in trauma experience and symptoms were asked to complete emotion regulation questionnaires and predict their emotions and reactions towards two hypothetical future negative life events (i.e. academic failure and cyberbullying). Using structural equation modelling, emotion dysregulation mediated the association between higher trauma experience and symptomatology and greater negative affective forecasts towards both hypothetical negative life events. The mediating role of emotion dysregulation suggests it can be a potential target for intervention, especially for those with a history of trauma. The present findings extend the research on individual differences in affective forecasting and expand our understanding of the role of emotion in shaping one's decision-making and outlook for the future.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rizeq, Dr Jala
Authors: Rizeq, J., and McCann, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Personality and Individual Differences
ISSN (Online):1873-3549
Published Online:03 May 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
First Published:First published in Personality and Individual Differences 147: 172-176
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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