Ego depletion as a measure of emotion processing deficits among people with medically unexplained symptoms

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dc.contributor Feldman, Marc D.
dc.contributor Gable, Philip A.
dc.contributor Jarrett, Matthew A.
dc.contributor Tullett, Alexa M.
dc.contributor.advisor Hamilton, James C. Eger, Melike
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 2017-03-01T17:36:22Z 2017-03-01T17:36:22Z 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002052
dc.identifier.other EGER_alatus_0004D_12486
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are problematic because they are both common and costly. Furthermore, patients with these symptoms suffer from interpersonal problems, functional impairments and psychological problems. One hypothesis explaining the underlying mechanisms of MUS is that these patients find it difficult to process or regulate emotions effectively. Even though previous studies found a link between emotion processing deficits and MUS, results were inconsistent and contradictory. By using an ego depletion task as a measure of emotion processing deficits, this study compared performance on different aspects of emotion processing of people who scored high on a MUS measure with the people who scored low on the same measure. Results show that high symptom reporters were not significantly different from the low ones in terms of their performance on emotion experience, emotion expression and self-monitoring of their emotional experiences. However, along the same lines with the literature, high symptom reporters could not effectively regulate their negative emotions. en_US
dc.format.extent 89 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
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dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.haspart Certificate of Completion of the Survey of Earned Doctorates Questionnaire
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Social psychology
dc.title Ego depletion as a measure of emotion processing deficits among people with medically unexplained symptoms en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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