With a sample of emerging adults (N = 110; 72% female) this brief report utilized self-report measures to examine the role of relationship satisfaction and emotion regulation strategies assessed at age 20 in predicting breakup distress and posttraumatic growth three years later. Results showed that higher relationship satisfaction is associated with less future breakup distress. Emotion regulation explained the ways individuals cope with distress; cognitive appraisal (in contrast to emotional suppression) predicted higher growth after experiencing a breakup. Findings highlight the ways emotion regulation strategies can help emerging adults cope with relational stressors such as breakups.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Adolescence|
|State||Published - Feb 2018|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Grant # 1016/05 and the Ben Dov Chair in Youth Psychology given to the last author.
- Breakup distress
- Emerging adulthood
- Emotion regulation
- Posttraumatic growth