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EEO. 2021; 20(4): 670-683


REGULATION OF EMOTIONS AMONG PAKISTANI MARRIED INDIVIDUALS: EXPLORING STRATEGIES OF EMOTIONAL REGULATION QUESTIONNAIRE (ERQ)

Samar Fahd, Rubina Hanif, Fatima Khurram Bukhari, Muzammila Akram, Muhammad Jafar, Farah Kanwal, Nosheen Malik, Sarwat Sultana, Hafeez Ullah, Saba Pano.

Abstract
Objective of current study was to exploreemotion regulation strategies among Pakistani married sample using Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross & John, 2003).Research design ofstudy was aimed to establish internal consistency, validity and factor structure of ERQ on Pakistani husbands and wives.Data was collected from 1002 married individuals using ERQ, Psychological Flourishing Scale and Emotion Expressivity Questionnaire.Correlations, Cronbach Alpha and Confirmatory Factor Analysis were computed. Results of statistical analysis manifested internal consistencies of the two subscales (reappraisal .72; suppression .78) on married sample. Two factor model of ERQ across genders presented excellent fit suggesting effectiveness of scale for both genders. Reappraisal was positively related with positive expressivity and impulse strength while, suppression was negatively associated with positive expressivity. Study rendered unexpected findings in terms of reappraisal strategy as reappraisal was negatively associated with flourishing of married individuals. Findings drew distinctive conclusions regarding indigenous use of ERQ by married individuals of Pakistan.

Key words: Emotion regulation, Emotion expressivity, Psychological flourishing, Internal consistency, Confirmatory Factor Analysis.






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