Abstract of Talk: Gender differences in the regulation of sadness, anger and fear

Emotion regulation refers to the different ways that we manage our emotions, including how and when these emotions are experienced and expressed. Although there are gender differences in the regulation of negative emotion generally, it is unclear whether there are differences in how males and females regulate discrete negative emotions, such as sadness, anger and fear. The present study investigated the relationship between gender and the use of three styles of emotion regulation – disengagement, engagement and distraction. The findings, along with their theoretical and practical implications, will be discussed.