Journal article

Poor emotion regulation ability mediates the link between depressive symptoms and affective bipolarity

Egon Dejonckheere, Elise K Kalokerinos, Brock Bastian, Peter Kuppens

COGNITION & EMOTION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

People's relationship between positive and negative affect varies on a continuum from relatively independent to bipolar opposites, with stronger bipolar opposition being termed affective bipolarity. Experiencing more depressive symptoms is associated with increased bipolarity, but the processes underlying this relation are not yet understood. Here, we sought to replicate this link, and to examine the role of two potential mediating mechanisms: emotion regulation ability, and trait brooding. Drawing from the Dynamic Model of Affect, we hypothesised that (a) a poor ability to regulate negative emotion, and (b) the tendency to brood over one's depressed feelings would predict stronger affective..

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Grants

Awarded by KU Leuven


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowship under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme


Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Onderzoeksraad, KU Leuven [GOA/15/003; OT/11/031], an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant [DP140103757] awarded to Brock Bastian and Peter Kuppens, and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowship [704298] awarded to Elise Kalokerinos under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Elise Kalokerinos is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award [DE180100352].