Relationships between maladaptive cognitive emotion regulation strategies and psychopathology in adolescents from Bangladesh

Nadia Garnefski, Samiul Hossain, Vivian Kraaij

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    Abstract

    Introduction: Psychopathology of adolescents in developing countries such as Bangladesh is a neglected problem, which should get more attention, especially with a focus on finding targets for prevention and intervention. Aim of the study was to study relationships between cognitive emotion regulation strategies and psychopathology in Bengali adolescents.

    Methods: The sample consisted of 340 12-to-18-year old adolescents from Bangladesh. The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ) was used to measure cognitive emotion regulation strategies. The SCL-90 was used to measure symptoms of depression, anxiety and hostility. Relationships between CERQ and SCL-90 scales were studied by Multiple Regression Analysis.

    Results: With regard to relationships between CERQ strategies and psychopathology: Higher extents of ‘Worry-focused’ cognitive styles appeared to be related to the reporting of more symptoms of psychopathology, while more ‘Reappraisal-focused’ styles were associated with the reporting of less symptoms of psychopathology.

    Discussion: The results with regard to the relationships between cognitive emotion regulation strategies and psychopathology may provide possible targets for interventions to improve mental health in adolescents in developing countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-29
    Number of pages7
    JournalArchives of Depression and Anxiety
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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    Keywords

    • emotion-regulation
    • coping
    • CERQ
    • adolescents
    • psychopathology
    • mental health

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