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Emotional Suppression and Psychological Well-Being in Marriage: The Role of Regulatory Focus and Spousal Behavior

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Department of Psychology, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, Korea
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Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6, Canada
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Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
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Academic Editors: Andrea Chirico, Pierluigi Diotaiuti and Elisa Cavicchiolo
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(2), 973; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020973
Received: 11 December 2021 / Revised: 8 January 2022 / Accepted: 12 January 2022 / Published: 15 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wellbeing and Mental Health among Students and Young People)
Emotional suppression has been considered a critical factor in determining one’s mental health and psychological well-being in intimate relationships such as marriage. The present study aimed to delineate the nuanced association between emotional suppression and psychological well-being in marriage by considering two critical factors: (a) individual differences in motivational orientation and (b) the perceived level of a partner’s emotional suppression. A set of two online survey studies were conducted on a large sample of married participants. The participants were asked to indicate (a) their own level of emotional suppression, (b) the perceived level of their spouse’s emotional suppression, (c) relationship motivation, and (d) satisfaction with marital life. The results consistently indicated that for prevention-focused individuals being emotionally suppressive was associated with greater marital satisfaction, but only for those who perceived their spouses as also emotionally suppressive. Conversely, for promotion-focused individuals, being less emotionally suppressive was associated with greater marital satisfaction, but again, only for those who perceived their spouses as also being less emotionally suppressive. These findings provide insights into research on emotion regulation and self-regulatory strategies in influencing psychological well-being and mental health in an intimate relationship. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotional suppression; regulatory focus; spousal behavior; psychological well-being; marital satisfaction emotional suppression; regulatory focus; spousal behavior; psychological well-being; marital satisfaction
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An, U.; Park, H.G.; Han, D.E.; Kim, Y.-H. Emotional Suppression and Psychological Well-Being in Marriage: The Role of Regulatory Focus and Spousal Behavior. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 973. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020973

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An U, Park HG, Han DE, Kim Y-H. Emotional Suppression and Psychological Well-Being in Marriage: The Role of Regulatory Focus and Spousal Behavior. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(2):973. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020973

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An, Unji, Haeyoung G. Park, Da E. Han, and Young-Hoon Kim. 2022. "Emotional Suppression and Psychological Well-Being in Marriage: The Role of Regulatory Focus and Spousal Behavior" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 2: 973. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020973

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