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Title: Anger Regulation and Culture: Role of Culture in consequences of Anger Expression, Suppression and Reappraisal
Authors: ZHOU TING
Keywords: anger regulation, cultural background, emotional responses, cardiovascular reactivity
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2010
Source: ZHOU TING (2010-07-31). Anger Regulation and Culture: Role of Culture in consequences of Anger Expression, Suppression and Reappraisal. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Cultural differences in experiential and cardiovascular outcomes of three specific anger regulation strategies (expression, suppression and reappraisal) were examined in a laboratory experiment with 45 Chinese and 45 Caucasian female participants. Role play was used to induce anger with participants instructed to either express or suppress their feelings or engage in cognitive reappraisal. Emotional experience was measured before and after the role play. Cardiovascular indices were measured continuously during the experiment. Results revealed that on a daily basis Chinese participants reported using reappraisal more frequently in anger situations than did Caucasians. Significant interactions between ethnic group and emotion regulation instructions indicated that Caucasians showed stronger cardiovascular responses to suppression than expression of anger whereas the opposite was true for Chinese. Possible explanations for the results, limitations of the present study and future direction are discussed.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/18616
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