Mediating role of emotion regulation in age and life satisfaction/affect relations: socioemotional selectivity theory perspective

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2021-1-25
Uzun, Gizem
The main purpose of the present dissertation was to investigate age-related differences in emotion regulation and subjective well-being by using Socioemotional Selectivity Theory as a theoretical framework. Moreover, the mediating role of cognitive emotion regulation strategies in the relation of age with affect and life satisfaction was aimed to be understood. Data were collected from 153 younger adults aged between 25 and 40 and 151 older adults aged between 65 and 80. The results of the study demonstrated that older participants had lower negative affect and higher life satisfaction than younger ones. Older participants had also lower scores on self-blame subscale and higher scores on positive refocusing subscale than younger participants. The findings of multiple mediation analyses revealed that of the cognitive emotion regulation strategies only positive refocusing mediated the relation between age groups and negative affect. Older participants had higher positive refocusing scores which was subsequently associated with lower negative affect. Furthermore, catastrophizing was positively associated with negative affect and refocus on planning was positively associated with positive affect. Results were discussed in the light of the literature and the strengths and limitations of the present study, clinical implications, directions for future studies and personal experiences related to this study were also presented.
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G. Uzun, “Mediating role of emotion regulation in age and life satisfaction/affect relations: socioemotional selectivity theory perspective,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.