The Influence of Emotion Regulation on Aggressive Behavior in the Face of Provocation

Doctoral Dissertation


Provocation is associated with increased aggression across a variety of situations. However, emotion regulation decreases aggressive behavior after provocation. The current study tested the effect of manipulating emotion regulation strategies on aggressive behavior after being provoked, which has rarely been done in laboratory studies. College students were tested in five conditions: reappraisal, distraction, self-reflection, read-emotion-regulation-article, and read-movie-article. Provocation was induced using negative feedback on an essay and aggressive behavior was measured by the negative feedback participants provided. Although provocation produced feelings of anger in all conditions, emotion regulation strategies were not related to differences in aggressive behavior among conditions. However, the results suggest potential differences in the effectiveness of emotion regulation strategies for females.


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  • etd-04182011-095111

Author Jenny L. Vaydich
Advisor Dr. Darcia Narvaez
Contributor Dr. Alexandra Corning, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Anita Kelly, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Scott Monroe, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Darcia Narvaez, Committee Chair
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2011-04-04

Submission Date 2011-04-18
  • United States of America

  • emotion regulation

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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Content License
  • All rights reserved

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