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≪Organizer Abstract≫
Distress tolerance, defined as the willingness to pursue goals despite the presence of physical or emotional pain, is central to psychological functioning. In this symposium, we present our multi-method research program on distress tolerance. We introduce a newly developed measure of distress tolerance, and discuss why and how to move beyond traditional self-report questionnaires, including the use of scenario based responding and multiple informants. Findings from experimental and experience sampling methodologies highlight the transdiagnostic nature of distress tolerance and its relationship to several psychopathologies, including anxiety and mood disorders. This discussion is complemented by a strength-based approach, where we detail the effectiveness of distress tolerance in improving and maintaining healthy psychological functioning. We discuss how certain personality traits relate to distress tolerance and how individuals can build their own distress tolerance over time. Studying distress tolerance through multiple lenses yields greater understanding of links to both adaptive and maladaptive processes.

The need for multiple informants when measuring distress tolerance.

[Speaker] Alexander, Lisa A:1
[Co-author] Dan, Blalock V:1, David, Disabato J:1, Patrick, Mcknight E:1, Todd, Kashdan B:1
1:George Mason University (United States of America)

Psychometrics of a Scenario-Based Distress Tolerance Measure

[Speaker] Quartuccio, Jacob:1
[Co-author] Disabato, David J:1, Franz, Simone:1, Alexander, Lisa:1, Goodman, Fallon R:1, Stiksma, Melissa:1, Blalock, Daniel:1, Mcknight, Patrick E:1, Kashdan, Todd B:1
1:George Mason University (United States of America)

Sustained distress tolerance to achieve well-being and long-term goals: Comparing perseverance of effort and consistency of interests from the Grit Scale

[Speaker] Disabato, David J:1
[Co-author] Goodman, Fallon R:1, Kashdan, Todd B:1
1:George Mason University (United States of America)

Giving distress tolerance the gift of context: An examination of daily situational factors and quadratic relationships in distress tolerance and psychological functioning

[Speaker] Stiksma, Melissa C:1
[Co-author] Kashdan, Todd B:1
1:George Mason University (United States of America)

Psychological needs satisfaction and the ability to tolerate pain in everyday life

[Speaker] Goodman, Fallon R:1
[Co-author] Kashdan, Todd B:1
1:George Mason University (United States of America)

[Discussant] Alexander, Lisa A:1
1:George Mason University (United States of America)

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