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ERIC Number: EJ950129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0027-3171
Latent Differential Equation Modeling of Self-Regulatory and Coregulatory Affective Processes
Steele, Joel S.; Ferrer, Emilio
Multivariate Behavioral Research, v46 n6 p956-984 2011
We examine emotion self-regulation and coregulation in romantic couples using daily self-reports of positive and negative affect. We fit these data using a damped linear oscillator model specified as a latent differential equation to investigate affect dynamics at the individual level and coupled influences for the 2 partners in each couple. Results indicate an absence of damping of relationship-specific affect within individuals in the sample. When both positive and negative affect are modeled at the individual level, the influence of positive affect is greater than that of negative affect. At the dyad level, the findings indicate coupled influences in both positive and negative affect between partners. With regard to positive affect, females are sensitive to their partners' overall displacement from average as well as their rate of change; males are sensitive only to their partners' displacement from average. For negative affect both partners are sensitive to each other's displacement from average, yet there are no coupled influences for rates of change in this dimension. We interpret the influence of the parameters on the system by examining the expected behavior of the system as a function of varying parameter values. (Contains 5 figures, 7 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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