Predicting Negative and Positive Affect During COVID-19: A Daily Diary Study in Youths

Wisteria Deng, Reuma Gadassi Polack, Mackenzie Creighton, Hedy Kober, Jutta Joormann

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The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to profoundly affect youths’ mental health. Understanding predictors of affective responding to the pandemic is critical for prevention and intervention efforts. This study examines emotion regulation as an important predictor of youth’s changes in positive and negative affect. The present study of 115 participants (62 girls, Mage = 11.77) explores the relation between pre-existing emotion regulation strategies, as measured by multi-week daily diaries pre-COVID, and youths’ mean positive and negative affect levels and variability during a 28-day period amidst the pandemic, while including COVID-related worries and isolation as important moderators. The findings provide important insight into interactions between pre-existing vulnerabilities and COVID-related stressors in predicting affective adjustment in youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-516
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • emotion regulation
  • positive affect
  • stress coping


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