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Loneliness and emotion regulation: Implications of having social anxiety disorder

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posted on 2023-12-18, 04:35 authored by R Eres, MH Lim, S Lanham, C Jillard, G Bates
Objective: Individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD) are more likely to feel lonely compared with those without the disorder (NOSAD). Loneliness is also associated with increased emotion regulation deficits. In this study, we examined the relationships among different emotion regulation processes and loneliness in individuals with and without a diagnosis of SAD. Method: We recruited demographically matched groups comprising 42 participants with a primary diagnosis of SAD, and 42 participants from the broader community who acted as the NOSAD sample. Results: In line with predictions, loneliness severity and difficulties with regulating emotions differed between a SAD and NOSAD sample. We also found that loneliness in those with SAD was positively associated with the clarity and awareness subscales of the Difficulties with Emotion Regulation Scale. Conclusion: Overall, those with SAD reported more difficulties regulating emotions and higher loneliness compared with the sample with NOSAD. Results are discussed in line with theoretical and clinical implications.

History

Journal

Australian Journal of Psychology

Volume

73

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0004-9530

eISSN

1742-9536

Language

English

Publisher

WILEY