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ERIC Number: EJ823497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
The Experience of Anger and Sadness in Everyday Problems Impacts Age Differences in Emotion Regulation
Blanchard-Fields, Fredda; Coats, Abby Heckman
Developmental Psychology, v44 n6 p1547-1556 Nov 2008
The authors examined regulation of the discrete emotions anger and sadness in adolescents through older adults in the context of describing everyday problem situations. The results support previous work; in comparison to younger age groups, older adults reported that they experienced less anger and reported that they used more passive and fewer proactive emotion-regulation strategies in interpersonal situations. The experience of anger partially mediated age differences in the use of proactive emotion regulation. This suggests that at least part of the reason why older adults use fewer proactive emotion-regulation strategies is their decreased experience of anger. Results are discussed in the context of lifespan theories of emotional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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