Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 196–208 | Cite as

Personality and its links to quality of life: Mediating effects of emotion regulation and self-efficacy beliefs

  • Cornelia PocnetEmail author
  • Marc Dupuis
  • Anne Congard
  • Daniela Jopp
Original Paper


We investigated the relationship between personality and quality of life (QoL) considering emotion regulation and self-efficacy beliefs as mediating factors. A total of 409 participants from the French-speaking regions of Switzerland and from France completed questionnaires on personality, emotion regulation, self-efficacy beliefs, and QoL. Our findings revealed that specific personality traits have significant direct and indirect effects on QoL, mediated by emotion regulation and self-efficacy. Particularly, neuroticism was strongly and negatively related to emotion regulation and QoL, but not significantly linked to self-efficacy, whereas extraversion and conscientiousness were positively associated with all variables. This is the first study to demonstrate that both emotion regulation and self-efficacy are important mechanisms that link specific personality traits to QoL, suggesting that they channel and modulate the personality effects. However, more work is needed to understand these relationships in more detail (e.g., how the personality traits concurrently influence each other as well as emotion regulation and self-efficacy).


Personality Emotion regulation Self-efficacy beliefs Quality of life 



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The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors. 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 participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cornelia Pocnet
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Marc Dupuis
    • 1
  • Anne Congard
    • 2
  • Daniela Jopp
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Aix Marseille UniversityAix en ProvenceFrance
  3. 3.Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES (NCCRs)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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