Emotional Disclosure in Day-to-Day Living and Subjective Well Being

  • Saxena P
  • Mehrotra S
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Abstract

There is a large body of empirical research on emotional disclosure and its relationship to health and well being. However, emotional disclosure has been examined largely in the context of illness or trauma. Beneficial outcomes of emotional disclosure in day-to-day living have not been consistently observed in non-experimental studies, although a large proportion of individuals do report perceived benefits. The present study aimed at exploring the association of emotional disclosure with selected intrapersonal and interpersonal variables and their role in prediction of subjective well being in day-to-day living. The sample comprised of 209 adults who did not report presence of any major stressor in the recent past. In hierarchical regression analysis, lower affect intensity, higher emotional clarity, lower trait rumination, higher perceived support and higher emotional disclosure predicted higher subjective well being. In addition, trait rumination emerged as a significant moderator of the relationship between emotional disclosure and subjective well being. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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Authors

  • Priya Saxena

  • Seema Mehrotra

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