Emotion Regulation and Social Anxiety in First Year University Students

Author: Asima Ghaffar
Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq & Iram Fatima, PhD
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2013-2015
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Present research investigated the relationship between emotion regulation and social anxiety among first year university students and also assessed emotion regulation as predictor of social anxiety. Correlational research design was used for the study. Convenient sampling technique was used to collect a sample of N = 240 participants with age range of 18-25 years (M = 19.3, SD = 1.91) and n = 138 men and n = 102 women from private universities. It was hypothesized that there would be a negative relationship between cognitive reappraisal and social anxiety in first year university students and there would be a positive relationship between expressive suppression and social anxiety in first year university y students. Furthermore it was hypothesized that cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression would be a predictor of social anxiety in first year university students. Emotion Regulation (cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression) was assessed through Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (Gross & John, 2003) and for measuring social anxiety, Social Anxiety in University Students Questionnaire (Bhamani & Hussain, 2012) was used. Results indicated that cognitive reappraisal was positively correlated with social anxiety. Moreover, cognitive reappraisal emerged as a positive predictor of  social anxiety. The present study would serve as intervention to deal with emotion regulation and social anxiety of first year university students. The research can be helpful especially in understanding of regulating one’s emotions and its contribution to social anxiety.

Keywords: Emotion Regulation, Cognitive Reappraisal, Expressive Suppression, Anxiety.
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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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