Towards an integrative perspective on the interplay between early maladaptive schemas and well-being: the role of early recollections, self-compassion and emotion regulation

Yakın, Duygu
The present study was designed as a mixed method study, and was built upon two data sets, one of which was quantitative and the other qualitative. The first study aims to emphasize resourcefulness factors in schema theory from a positive psychology perspective, and emotion regulation and self-compassion were utilized as the indicators of the healthy adult mode. The data was gathered from 296 adults (179 female, 117 male). Accordingly, the mediator roles of self-compassion and emotion regulation were examined via Hayes‟ procedure for parallel multiple mediation. Thus, emotion regulation and self-compassion altogether mediated the relation between all three schema domains and well-being. More importantly, selfcompassion was identified as more critical than emotional regulation in terms of life satisfaction, whereas, emotion regulation was more critical in terms of psychopathological symptoms. The second study was like using a magnifying glass to understand the dynamics of the people who scored high in the disconnection/rejection domain. It is aimed to identify themes represented in memory narratives of the participants. In order to trigger related memories, Bernstein Schema Mode Cards were utilized and the results were analyzed via deductive qualitative content analysis using MAXQDA. The second study includes interviews of 10 (5 female, 5 male) participants who were chosen considering the similarity of their high scores in the disconnectionrejection domain, as well as their age and gender. Accordingly, the frequency of EMS themes were more balanced across schemas when a quantitative assessment was applied to the qualitative data.


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Citation Formats
D. Yakın, “Towards an integrative perspective on the interplay between early maladaptive schemas and well-being: the role of early recollections, self-compassion and emotion regulation,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.