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Archives of Depression and Anxiety

ISSN: 2455-5460

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Research Article PTZAID: ADA-3-119

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

Nadia Garnefski*, Samiul Hossain and Vivian Kraaij

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.

Published on: Jul 5, 2017 Pages: 23-29

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