Should I just Listen to you or Change your Mind too? Target’s Perceived Efficacy of Agents’ Interpersonal Affect Improvement Strategies

Lopez-Perez, B. (2017) Should I just Listen to you or Change your Mind too? Target’s Perceived Efficacy of Agents’ Interpersonal Affect Improvement Strategies. British Journal of Psychology. ISSN 0007-1269 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

People shape and influence others’ emotions every day. If these attempts are perceived as successful they may have a positive effect on people’s relationships and well-being. Across two studies, targets’ perceived efficacy of regulation strategies to improve their sadness and anxiety/stress has been investigated. In Study 1, participants (n = 120) were provided with two scenarios depicting sadness and anxiety/stress and asked to imagine themselves in these situations. Afterwards, they were provided with different regulation strategies and asked to rate their perceived efficacy to down-regulate their sadness and anxiety. In Study 2, participants (n = 120) were asked to describe a situation where they felt sad and another one where they felt anxious. They were then provided with strategies aimed at reducing their sadness and anxiety. Results from both studies showed that whereas for sadness higher perceived efficacy was predicted by affective engagement, for anxiety/stress was predicted by cognitive engagement.

Item Type: Article
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Belen Lopez-Perez
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 14:00
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 14:00
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2128

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