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Adolescent regulation of strong emotions: Age and gender differences

Geddes, K. and Dziurawiec, S. (2007) Adolescent regulation of strong emotions: Age and gender differences. In: Annual Conference of the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, 30 May - 2 June 2007, Honolulu pp. 868-877.

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Adolescents’ capacity to regulate strong emotions is an important aspect of successful adolescent development. To date, no measure has been available to assess adolescents’ ability to regulate their strong emotions. This study used the MACS, an adapted version of the Affective Control Scale (Chambless & Williams, 1982), to survey over 2100 high school students, aged 12-18 years. A further 1200 of these completed a follow-up survey. The findings indicated that, in general, males had an increased fear of positive emotion and anger, whereas females had an increased fear of negative emotions of depression and anxiety. Females were also less able than males to take charge of their strong emotions. In addition, fear of negative emotions was greatest for girls aged 14 years. The MACS proved to be a useful and dependable way of ascertaining adolescents’ emotional functioning.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences
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