Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 552–564 | Cite as

The Moderating Effect of Maladaptive Emotion Regulation Strategies on Reappraisal: A Daily Diary Study

  • Tierney P. McMahonEmail author
  • Kristin Naragon-Gainey
Original Article


Recent research has investigated how adaptive emotion regulation (ER) strategies and maladaptive ER strategies interact to predict symptoms, but little is known about how specific strategies interact with one another when used in daily life. The present investigation used daily diary data collected over two weeks from an unselected student sample (N = 109) to examine how reappraisal, a putatively adaptive ER strategy, interacts on a given occasion (within-person) and across occasions (between-person) with putatively maladaptive ER strategies (rumination, experiential avoidance, expressive suppression) to predict daily depression and social anxiety symptoms. Results revealed between-person interactions of reappraisal with rumination and experiential avoidance, wherein reappraisal was most negatively related to symptoms for individuals who frequently used rumination and experiential avoidance. There was a similar within-person interaction between reappraisal and expressive suppression. Implications for assessing daily and retrospective ER are discussed, as well as future directions for studying ER in daily life.


Reappraisal Rumination Experiential avoidance Expressive suppression Emotion regulation 



We are grateful to John Roberts for his helpful feedback on previous drafts of this manuscript.


This study was not funded by external sources.

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Conflict of Interest

Tierney P. McMahon and Kristin Naragon-Gainey declares that they have no conflict of interest.

Animal Rights

This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed Consent

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent was obtained from all individual subjects participating in the study

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity at Buffalo, State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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