A preliminary investigation of sex differences in associations between emotion regulation difficulties and higher-order cognitive abilities

Joseph R. Bardeen, Erin N. Stevens, Kyle Murdock, M. Christine Lovejoy

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Abstract

The present study sought to clarify the cognitive correlates of emotion regulation difficulties (ERD). Further, because prior evidence suggests sex differences in emotion regulation, sex was examined as a moderator of associations between cognitive abilities and ERD. Participants (. N=. 154) completed self-report measures of ERD, and were administered neuropsychological tests assessing crystallized and fluid intelligence, as well as various components of executive functioning. Bivariate correlations and results from regression analyses suggested sex-dependent associations among cognitive processes and ERD. For men, inhibition of dominant response tendencies was associated with lower ERD, whereas for women, a host of executive abilities (e.g., greater inhibition, cognitive flexibility, semantic processing, abstract reasoning) were associated with greater ERD. Implications for the neurocognitive conceptualization of emotion dysregulation will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2013

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