Publication: Journal of Happiness Studies

Regulating anger and sadness: An exploration of discrete emotions in emotion regulation

(2007)
Center Authors: Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., Salovey, P.
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Do emotion regulation processes vary as a function of discrete emotions? Focusing on anger and sadness, this study examined: (a) the strategies that men and women use to regulate each emotion, (b) the extent to which strategies differ in their use and effectiveness, and (c) the relationship between effective regulation of these emotions and social functioning. The findings suggest that global approaches to studying emotion regulation may be limited and emphasize the importance of moving toward a discrete emotions framework.

Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., Katulak, N. A., & Salovey, P. (2007). Regulating anger and sadness: An exploration of discrete emotions in emotion regulation. Journal of Happiness Studies, 8, 393-427. doi:10.1007/s10902-006-9017-2