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Difficulties in emotional regulation and intolerance of uncertainty in university students

Quaderns de Psicología. 2020;22(2):e1594-e1594 DOI 10.5565/rev/qpsicologia.1594


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Journal Title: Quaderns de Psicología

ISSN: 0211-3481 (Print); 2014-4520 (Online)

Publisher: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Catalan, Portuguese, English, Spanish

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Macarena Verónica del Valle (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata - Instituto de Psicología Básica, Aplicada y Tecnología)

Eliana Vanesa Zamora (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata - CONICET)

María Laura Andrés (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata - CONICET)

María Jesús Irurtia (Universidad de Valladolid)

Sebastián Urquijo (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata - CONICET)


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Abstract | Full Text

The aim of the study was to determine if the difficulties that people may experience to regulate their negative emotions have an effect on intolerance of uncertainty (the ability to tolerate the distress associated with uncertain stimuli). To do this, the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale and the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale were applied to 152 Argentine university students. Multi-ple linear regression analyzes were performed, uncertainty intolerance being the dependent vari-able. The emotional regulation difficulties that were predictors were nonacceptance of emotional responses, difficulties engaging in goal-directed behavior and limited access to emotion regula-tion strategies. Finally, results showed a relationship between both variables, indicating that the greater the difficulties that the person experiences to effectively regulate negative emotions, the greater the levels of intolerance of uncertainty. This study has clinical implications, especially for the university population.