Positive Emotion Regulation Intervention for Adolescence: Adaptation and Validation

Author: Sadaf Lal Din

Supervisor: Saima Ghazal, PhD

Degree: Mphil

Year: 2014-2016

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


Emotion regulation predicts our behaviours as well as our relationship with others. So, it is important to train and teach children about emotion regulation to raise better individuals and better nation. In the first place we need to develop and validate training modules that are valid and reliable in regulating emotions in a positive way. The goal of the current research was to adapt, translate and develop an ER intervention for adolescents using an existing ER intervention for adults (Weytens, Luminet, Verhofstadt, & Mikolajczak, 2014) and to validate it. For that purpose PER intervention material and previous literature were reviewed and those activities were chosen which were more effective and appropriate for adolescents. Appropriate changes were made guided by piloting (study 1). For the validation of intervention, experimental research design was used. Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (Gratz & Roemer, 2004) was used for pre and post testing. Using cut off point 150 individuals were selected and placed in groups through random allocation. Final sample consisted of 60 individuals. Analysis revealed that experimental group learned to overcome their difficulties to regulate their emotions better as compared to control group indicating that activities from ER module should be added in the course work of school students for their better regulation.

Keywords: Emotion Regulation, Intervention, Adolescents.

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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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