Emotion Ideology Mediates Effects of Risk Factors on Alexithymia Development

Emily R. Edwards, Anna Micek, Karen Mottarella, Peggilee Wupperman
  • Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, September 2016, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10942-016-0254-y

Emotion Ideology Mediates Effects of Risk Factors on Alexithymia Development

What is it about?

Despite its connection to mental and behavioral health complications, elevated alexithymia tends to be associated with low responsiveness and high resistance to psychological intervention. To further understanding of potential treatment targets for clients with alexithymic traits, the present study explored the (a) independent contributions of various risk factors to statistical predictions of alexithymic trait severity, (b) generalizability of risk factor contributions across two culturally distinct samples, and (c) potential for emotion ideology (i.e., beliefs about emotion and emotional experience) to mediate such contributions. Preliminary results suggest emotion socialization and child abuse may be salient contributors to alexithymia severity, whereas effects of trauma exposure may be limited to samples with high overall exposure to alexithymia risk-factors. Moreover, emotion ideology mediates the relation between risk-factor exposure and alexithymia severity. Thus, psychotherapeutic interventions targeting emotion ideology may be beneficial when working with clients with elevated alexithymia.

Why is it important?

Psychotherapeutic interventions targeting emotion ideology may be beneficial when working with clients with elevated alexithymia.

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