Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 21–30 | Cite as

Differentiation of Self, Interpersonal Conflict, and Depression: The Mediating Role of Anger Expression

  • Soo-Whan ChoiEmail author
  • Nancy L. Murdock
Original Paper


The current study investigated how differentiation of self (Bowen in Family therapy in clinical practice. Jason Aronson, New York, 1978; Kerr and Bowen in Family evaluation. W. W. Norton and Company, New York, 1988) was related to interpersonal conflict and depression, and tested mediation hypotheses involving anger expression. The results revealed that anger expressed outwardly partially mediated the relationship between emotional reactivity and interpersonal conflict, and that anger expressed inwardly fully mediated the relationship between emotional cutoff and depression among 260 college students attending an urban university located in Midwestern United States.


Family systems Differentiation of self Anger expression Interpersonal conflicts Depression 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA

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