Comparison of Emotion Regulation between high and low perceived criticism groups in Japanese university students

[Speaker] Naruse, Mayu:1
[Co-author] Jinnai, Ayane:1, Horiuchi, Satoshi:2, Sakano, Yuji:1
1:Health Sciences University of Hokkaido (Japan), 2:Faculty of Social Welfare, Iwate Prefectural University (Japan)

The purpose of this study was to compare the levels of Emotion Regulation (ER) between high-Perceived Criticism (PC) group and low-PC group in Japanese undergraduate students. The Japanese version of Perceived Criticism Measure (PCM: Hooley & Teasdale, 1989) and the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS: Gratz & Roemer, 2004) were completed by 98 Japanese undergraduate students. Japanese version of the DERS has four factors: nonacceptance of emotion, difficulty of behavior control, lack of emotional control strategies, and lack of emotional awareness. The result of un-paired t-tests, we found that the difficulty of behavior control (t (37) = 2.75, p <.01) and the lack of emotional control strategies (t (37) = 3.45, p <.01) in high PC group were significantly higher than low-PC group. These results suggested that Japanese undergraduate students who perceived severe criticism by significant others had problems in terms aspects of behavior related emotion control.
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