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In this meta-analysis of 384 effect sizes, we examined the relationships between the habitual use of three adaptive (acceptance, problem-solving, cognitive reappraisal) and three maladaptive (rumination, avoidance, suppression) emotion regulation strategies with four symptoms of psychopathology (depression, anxiety, aggression, and addiction) in children and adolescents. Results show largest effect sizes for acceptance, rumination, and avoidance across symptoms, and generally transdiagnostic profiles for all emotion regulation strategies.

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Why is it important?

The meta-analysis underscores the transdiagnostic importance of emotion regulation strategies in youth. Promoting the use of adaptive emotion regulation strategies as alternatives to maladaptive strategies might help to prevent the development or maintenance of mental disorders in children and adolescents.

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This page is a summary of: Emotion regulation strategies and symptoms of depression, anxiety, aggression, and addiction in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis and systematic review., Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, July 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cps0000156.
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