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The Mediating Effect of Cognitive Flexibility in the Relationship between Emotional Clarity and Emotion Regulation: Comparison of Self-Reported and Task Measurement of Cognitive Flexibility
Stress 2018;26:159-165
Published online September 30, 2018
© 2018 Korean Society of Stress Medicine.

Soomin Kim , Myoung-Ho Hyun

Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Myoung-Ho Hyun
Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Received August 2, 2018; Revised August 22, 2018; Accepted August 23, 2018.
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Background: This study investigates the function of cognitive flexibility in the relationship between emotional clarity and emotion regulation and examines the differential effect between belief and ability for cognitive flexibility on them.
Methods: The 151 participants respond to the questionnaires measuring emotional clarity, emotion regulation, and cognitive flexibility, which is also measured by task reflecting on real ability.
Results: Data from this study show that self-reported cognitive flexibility mediates the effect of emotional clarity on emotion regulation. Cognitive flexibility measured by task has no mediating effect on them.
Conclusions: These results suggest the cognitive flexibility play a role in the mechanism linking emotional clarity to emotion regulation and belief of own’s ability to cope flexibly is more important than real ability. Finally, this paper includes implications, limitations, and suggestions for the future study.
Keywords : Emotional clarity, Emotion regulation, Cognitive flexibility

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