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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 4, Issue 5, 584-599, 2013
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Affective Disturbance and Psychopathology: An Emotion Regulation Perspective

Authors
Hooria Jazaieri, M.A.(a), Heather L. Urry, Ph.D.(b), & James J. Gross, Ph.D.(a)
(a) Stanford University, Department of Psychology, Stanford, CA, United States
(b) Tufts University, Department of Psychology, Medford, MA, United States

Volume 4, Issue 5, 2013, Pages 584-599
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/jep.030312

Abstract
It is widely thought that many psychological disorders involve emotion dysregulation. However, it is not yet clear just how many of the disorders presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) are formally characterized by emotion regulation difficulties and related affective disturbances. To address this issue, we first define emotion, emotion regulation, emotion dysregulation, and affective disturbance. Next, we systematically code the psychological disorders listed in the DSM-IV-TR in terms of the presence or absence of affective disturbance and emotion dysregulation. We then use an emotion regulation perspective to examine affective disturbances in Axis II disorders, with a focus on borderline personality disorder (BPD). Finally, in the last section, we discuss some of the implications of our emotion regulation perspective for clinical assessment and intervention.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Emotion, Emotion Regulation, Emotion Dysregulation, and Affective Disturbance
Emotion and Other Affective Processes
Emotion Regulation and Other Forms of Affect Regulation
Emotion Regulation, Emotion Dysregulation, and Affective Disturbance
Affective Disturbance in the DSM-IV-TR
Coding of the DSM-IV-TR
Affective Disturbance and Emotion Dysregulation in DSM-IV-TR
Affective Disturbance and Emotion Dysregulation on Axis II: The Case of Borderline Personality Disorder
Situation Selection
Situation Modification
Attentional Deployment
Cognitive Change
Response Modulation
Implications for Assessment and Treatment
Clinical Assessment
Clinical Interventions
Concluding Comment
References

Correspondence to
Hooria Jazaieri, Stanford University, Department of Psychology, 420 Jordan Hall, Room 430, Stanford, CA 94305-2130, United States.

Keywords
affective disturbance; emotion regulation; emotion dysregulation; psychopathology; DSM; borderline personality disorder

Dates
Received 27 Jun 2012; Revised 6 Dec 2012; Accepted 6 Dec 2012; In Press 21 Jul 2013







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