Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 448–457 | Cite as

Regularity of daily activities buffers the negative impact of low perceived control on affect

  • Caitlan A. Tighe
  • Natalie D. Dautovich
  • Rebecca S. Allen
Original Paper


The main objective of the present study was to examine the potential buffering effect of regularity of the duration of time spent on daily activities in the association between perceived control and affect in community-dwelling adults. The sample for the current study was derived from the Midlife in the United States longitudinal follow-up study, MIDUS-II. Findings corroborated the association between a general sense of perceived control and positive and negative affect. Further, daily regularity was found to moderate the relationships of perceived control and both positive and negative affect. In each case, the findings suggest that individuals who scored lower on perceived control measures were more likely to have better affective outcomes when they demonstrated greater regularity in daily activities. The findings imply the relevance of regularity to affective experiences.


Perceived control Affect Regularity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caitlan A. Tighe
    • 1
  • Natalie D. Dautovich
    • 1
  • Rebecca S. Allen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Mental Health and Aging/Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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