Longitudinal effects of emotion regulation on social anxiety and affect among young adults
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 24 October 2021
Issue publication date: 28 April 2022
Due to ongoing significant life changes during the transition into higher education, social anxiety can be problematic, especially for college students. It has adverse effects on various aspects of one’s life, including one’s feelings and emotions. The study investigated the interplay between social anxiety and emotions and its impact on affect. The aim of this study is to examine the role of difficulties in emotion regulation in the relationship between social anxiety and change in affect.
This is a longitudinal study. Data was collected with self-report instruments at two time points with a gap of four months. Participants were Indian undergraduate students from a technical institute.
The result revealed that high social anxiety in tandem with difficulties engaging in goal-directed behavior significantly impacts changes in positive affect. However, this effect was significant only in the presence of depression.
This study highlights the harmful impact of comorbid issues such as depression in socially anxious individuals. The present study might have implications for educators and clinicians working with college students.
To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the only study to test the proposed research model in a sample of Indian college students. The use of a moderated moderation analysis with the three regulation strategies and depression also adds to the uniqueness of this study.
Mukherjee, K. and Hussain, D. (2022), "Longitudinal effects of emotion regulation on social anxiety and affect among young adults", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 242-255. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-07-2021-0078
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