ABSTRACT

Recent studies has highlighted the effect of emotional conflict and active suppression on health and personality. The present study examined the structure and validity of Ambivalence over Emotional Expressiveness Questionnaire(King & Emmons, 1990) to examine how emotional conflict and suppression work in the Korean context. Two samples of 299, 690 college students completed AEQ-K, Emotion Regulation Questionnaire(ERQ_suppression), Action and Acceptance Questionnaire(AAQ), and Brief Symptom Inventory(BSI). A two factor solution was explored. ‘Self-defensive AE' factor encompass difficulties in emotional expression and fear of the rejection or inappropriateness, while ‘Relation-involved AE‘ factor reflect behavioral control considering relationship and impression management. Correlation analysis reveals that individuals with high self-defensive AE not only regulate emotion through suppression but also avoid private events. showing high level of psychological symptoms. On the contrary, individuals with relationship-involved AE highly control their emotional expression but have little avoidance, and show low level of psychological symptoms. The roles of avoidance and cultural difference in AEQ-K were discussed.

KEYWORD

Ambivalence over Emotional Expression; Emotional conflict; Suppression; Avoidance; Emotional Regulation

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