Social Psychology of Education

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 849–873 | Cite as

Emotion suppression and reappraisal associated with bullying involvement and other social outcomes in young adults

  • Elizabeth Chervonsky
  • Caroline Hunt


The ability to regulate emotions appropriately and effectively is important in maintaining positive social interactions and outcomes. The current study investigated the association between the habitual use of suppression and reappraisal, and involvement in bullying in high school. Other social outcomes, such as current social satisfaction and support, were also considered. Two hundred and nine first-year psychology university students (mean age 19.13 years, SD = 1.523) completed online questionnaires. Results demonstrated that suppression was associated with greater retrospective reports of victimisation during high school and lower current social satisfaction and support, even when controlling for general affect. Reappraisal was mostly found to be unrelated to bullying and social outcomes, with only one association existing between higher reappraisal use and better social satisfaction, which was no longer significant when controlling for affect. The findings extend on previous research by demonstrating a negative association between suppression and involvement in bullying.


Emotion regulation Bullying Emotion suppression Social support Social satisfaction 


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