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Responding to symptoms of depression and anxiety: emotion regulation, neuroticism, and engagement in risky behaviors.

Research paper by Randy P RP Auerbach, John R Z JR Abela, Moon-Ho MH Ringo Ho

Indexed on: 22 Dec '06Published on: 22 Dec '06Published in: Behaviour Research and Therapy



Abstract

The current study examined whether neuroticism, emotional regulation deficits, and/or their interaction predict increased engagement in risky behaviors following increases in symptoms of depression or anxiety over the course of 6 weeks. Results of hierarchical linear modeling analyses indicated that individuals who exhibited high levels of both neuroticism and emotional regulation deficits were more likely than other individuals to report increased engagement in risky behaviors following increases in symptoms of either depression or anxiety. Unexpectedly, individuals who exhibited high levels of neuroticism and adaptive emotion regulation strategies exhibited decreased engagement in risky behaviors following increases in depressive or anxious symptoms.