Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 469–480

Evidence of Broad Deficits in Emotion Regulation Associated with Chronic Worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault
  • Lizabeth Roemer
  • Matthew T. Tull
  • Latanya Rucker
  • Douglas S. Mennin
Original Article


This study examined the relationship between emotion regulation deficits and GAD-related outcomes in an analogue sample. Consistent with hypotheses, general emotion dysregulation was associated with reports of chronic worry and with analogue GAD status. Also, specific regulation deficits, including deficits in emotional clarity, acceptance of emotions, ability to engage in goal directed behaviors when distressed, impulse control, and access to effective regulation strategies, were associated with worry and analogue GAD above and beyond variance contributed by negative affectivity. These findings provide additional preliminary evidence for an emotion regulation deficit model of GAD and are discussed in terms of clinical implications and directions for future research.


Generalized anxiety disorder Anxiety disorders Emotion regulation Emotions Anxiety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lizabeth Roemer
    • 1
    • 3
  • Matthew T. Tull
    • 1
    • 5
  • Latanya Rucker
    • 1
    • 6
  • Douglas S. Mennin
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Science DivisionVA Boston Healthcare System (116B-5)BostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  6. 6.B & D Behavioral Health ServicesDurhamUSA

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