Emotion Regulation and Psycho Social Well-Being in Social Workers

Author: Saleha Younis

Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq & Iram Fatima, Ph.D

Degree: BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The Current study intended to explore the differences between students of
social work and the professional social workers in emotional regulation
and psychosocial well-being. Cross-sectional research design was applied
for the study. Snow ball sampling technique was used to collect a sample
of 120 participants with age range of 20-65 years (M = 28.77 & SD = 10.77) and the division of two groups, i.e. 60 final year students of social work from government and semi-government
universities and 60 social workers from governmental and nongovernmental organizations. It was hypothesized that psycho-social wellbeing would be positively related to cognitive reappraisal and negatively related to expressive suppression. It was furthermore hypothesized that the
groups would moderate the relationship between emotion regulation and
psychosocial well-being and emotion regulation and psychosocial
well-being would tend to differ in the groups. Emotion regulation
(cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression) was assessed through
Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (Gross & John, 2003) and for
measuring psychosocial well-being (emotional, social and psychological
wellbeing), Mental Health Continuum Short Form (Keyes, 2005) was
used. Results indicated that cognitive reappraisal was positively correlated
with psychosocial well-being. Moreover, cognitive reappraisal emerged as
a positive predictor of psychosocial well-being. Groups moderated the relationship between cognitive reappraisal and social well being only. The emotional well-being varied across the two groups.

Keywords: Emotion Regulation, Psycho-Social Well-Being, Social Workers.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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