Emotion Regulation, Cognitive Closure and Compliance of Spouses in Relationship Conflict

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roni laslo roth

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This study was aimed to examine the relationships between emotion regulation and compliance among spouses in conflict. Furthermore, because compliance in conflict situations has been associated with individual differences in cognitive closure and emotions, we examined how these factors modulate the effect of emotion regulation on compliance. To this end, 70 praticipates, randomly assigned to reappraisal and control groups, reported the influence tactics they would comply, their affective state and their cognitive closure level. Results indicated that as compared to control, reappraisal strengthened the tendency to comply during conflict and that this effect was stronger among participants with low cognitive closure. Moreover, the interaction between emotion regulation and cognitive closure on harsh influence tactics was mediated by inward-directed negative affect, suggesting that the reappraisal instruction promoted better resiliency to negative affect among high cognitive closure participants. We discuss the role of emotion regulation techniques in treatment and in interpersonal relationships. 

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roth, roni laslo. (2017). Emotion Regulation, Cognitive Closure and Compliance of Spouses in Relationship Conflict. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 4(18). https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.418.3684
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roni laslo roth, Peres Academic Center

Lecturer at the School of Behavioral Sciences.

Running head: EMOTION REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE

 

Emotion Regulation, Cognitive Closure and Compliance of Spouses in Relationship Conflict

 

Roni Laslo-Roth1,2Eyal Rosenstreich1 

1School of behavioral Sciences, Peres Academic Center, Rehovot, Israel

2SCE - Shamoon College of Engineering, Ashdod, Israel

 

 

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Roni Laslo-Roth, Ph.D.

School of Behavioral Sciences, Peres Academic Center

10 Peres St., Rehovot, Israel

Email: roniro@ac.sce.ac.il

Tel: 972-773337798

 

 

 

 

Abstract

This study was aimed to examine the relationships between emotion regulation and compliance among spouses in conflict. Furthermore, because compliance in conflict situations has been associated with individual differences in cognitive closure and emotions, we examined how these factors modulate the effect of emotion regulation on compliance. To this end, 70 praticipates, randomly assigned to reappraisal and control groups, reported the influence tactics they would comply, their affective state and their cognitive closure level. Results indicated that as compared to control, reappraisal strengthened the tendency to comply during conflict and that this effect was stronger among participants with low cognitive closure. Moreover, the interaction between emotion regulation and cognitive closure on harsh influence tactics was mediated by inward-directed negative affect, suggesting that the reappraisal instruction promoted better resiliency to negative affect among high cognitive closure participants. We discuss the role of emotion regulation techniques in treatment and in interpersonal relationships.

Keywords: Emotion regulation, conflict, compliance, cognitive closure.