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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 4, Issue 5, 600-607, 2013
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Emotion Regulation: A Heuristic Paradigm for Psychopathology

Authors
Pierre Philippot
Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Volume 4, Issue 5, 2013, Pages 600-607
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/jep.034513

Abstract
This paper analyses some of the key issues raised across the eight contributions of the present special issue. First, the remarkable ubiquity of emotion regulation (ER) problems throughout psychopathology will be stressed, and the merits of relying on emotion science to further our understanding of psychopathology will be discussed. Then, the status of ER strategies in psychopathology will be discussed: Are they causes, consequences, mediators, or moderators of psychopathology? Developing this question implies considering the functions served by ER strategies and their interaction with the context in which they appear. Next, we examine the benefits of an ER approach to psychopathology for clinical practice, both for case conceptualization and for psychological treatment. Finally, some directions for future research are proposed. This paper analyses some of the key issues raised across the eight contributions of the present special issue. First, the remarkable ubiquity of emotion regulation (ER) problems throughout psychopathology will be stressed, and the merits of relying on emotion science to further our understanding of psychopathology will be discussed. Then, the status of ER strategies in psychopathology will be discussed: Are they causes, consequences, mediators, or moderators of psychopathology? Developing this question implies considering the functions served by ER strategies and their interaction with the context in which they appear. Next, we examine the benefits of an ER approach to psychopathology for clinical practice, both for case conceptualization and for psychological treatment. Finally, some directions for future research are proposed.

Table of Contents
Introduction
The Ubiquity of Emotion Regulation in Psychopathology
The Status of Emotion Regulation Strategies in Psychopathology
Plead For a Functional Perspective on Emotion Regulation
The Benefits of Emotion Regulation Science for Clinical Intervention
Conclusion and Future Directions
References

Correspondence to
Pierre Philippot, Psychological Sciences Institute, Université de Louvain, place du Cardinal Mercier, 10, B- 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Keywords
Emotion regulation, transdiagnostic processes, psychopathology

Dates
Received 22 Jan 2013; Revised 22 Jan 2013; Accepted 6 Mar 2013; In Press 21 Jul 2013







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