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Terapia psicológica

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GOMEZ-BAYA, Diego; MENDOZA, Ramon; PAINO, Susana  and  GILLHAM, Jane E.. Responses to positive affect and psychological adjustment in adolescence. Ter Psicol [online]. 2019, vol.37, n.1, pp.25-37. ISSN 0718-4808.

Research to date has paid little attention to positive affect regulation in adolescence. Our aims were to examine psychometric properties of a questionnaire to assess responses to positive affect in adolescents and to study the relationships these responses have with psychological adjustment. A sample of 1,810 adolescents completed the responses to positive affect questionnaire (with three dimensions: emotion-focused and self-focused positive rumination, and dampening) and three self-report measures of psychological adjustment (i.e. life satisfaction, self-esteem and depressive symptoms). The questionnaire had good internal consistency reliability and the same factor structure as previous studies using adult samples. Secondly, a structural equation model showed that emotion-focused and self-focused responses were positively related to life satisfaction and self-esteem, and negatively to depressive symptoms, while dampening presented opposite associations.

Keywords : positive affect; life satisfaction; depression; self-esteem; adolescence.

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