Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 566–575 | Cite as

An integrative model of emotion regulation and associations with positive and negative affectivity across four Arabic speaking countries and the USA

  • Ahmed M. Megreya
  • Robert D. Latzman
  • Ahmed A. Al-Emadi
  • Asma A. Al-Attiyah
Original Paper


The associations between emotion regulation (ER) and positive and negative affectivity have been well investigated. However, previous studies have examined these associations using a variety of individual ER scales with little integration across measurement approaches. The current study thus aimed to explore a joint ER structural model across three widely-used ER scales (the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, the Regulatory Emotional Self-Efficacy Scale, and the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire) using 1852 participants from four Middle Eastern Arabic speaking countries (Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar) and a Western country (USA). The results showed cross-culture differences with regard to mean-level differences and patterns of correlations among positive and negative affectivity and the individual subscales of the three ER scales. In addition, a two-factor integrative model that was robust across all five countries emerged across scales which included a more adaptive strategies factor and a less adaptive strategies factor. Further, the more adaptive strategies factor, but not the less adaptive strategies factor, yielded highly consistent associations with positive and negative affectivity across all countries. Accordingly, culture may play a more important role in shaping the less adaptive ER strategies and their associations with negative and positive affectivity, but less so for more positive strategies.


Emotion regulation Positive and negative affectivity Integrative model Culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed M. Megreya
    • 1
  • Robert D. Latzman
    • 2
  • Ahmed A. Al-Emadi
    • 1
  • Asma A. Al-Attiyah
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological Sciences, College of EducationQatar UniversityDohaQatar
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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