Date of Award

2021-08-01

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

Advisor(s)

Jennifer Eno Louden

Abstract

Emotion regulation is a cognitive process that occurs due to emotional stimuli in the environment that promotes cognitive or behavioral action to soothe negative emotions. Emotion regulation can affect decision making that promotes maladaptive behavior, similar to criminal thinking. Criminal thinking patterns can be categorized as a form of maladaptive cognitive coping that promotes maladaptive behavior. The association between emotion regulation, criminal thinking, and maladaptive behavior is further explored. A total of (N = 227) MTurk workers participated in a cross-sectional study. Maladaptive emotion regulation and coping predicted willingness to engage in maladaptive behavior. Deficits in emotion regulation were further associated with aggressive behavior, specifically lack of impulse control, emotion suppression, and lack of emotional clarity. Additionally, maladaptive emotion regulation and deficits in emotion regulation were associated with different criminal thinking patterns. The current research supports the hypoThesis that emotion regulation influences decision making that promotes maladaptive behavior, and maladaptive cognitive thinking patterns. Interventions should target deficits in emotion regulation to reduce maladaptive behavior.

Language

en

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

File Size

84 p.

File Format

application/pdf

Rights Holder

Alondra Avila

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