Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Oliveros, Arazais

Committee Member

Armstrong, Kevin J.

Committee Member

DeShong, Hilary L.

Committee Member

McKinney, Cliff

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 2 years

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only


Applied Psychology

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Emotion dysregulation is a transdiagnostic clinical feature of many psychological disorders. Prior research has focused on generalized emotion dysregulation, whereas specific emotion regulation difficulties have not been explored in as much depth. The current study expanded this body of research by examining specific emotion regulation difficulties and relationships with broader emotion regulation functioning, including strategy use, affect intensity, and flexibility. College students (N = 380) completed a self-report battery of emotion regulation measures. A MANOVA indicated that patterns of emotion regulation functioning differentially predict specific emotion regulation difficulties. A multivariate regression (GLM) identified the facets of emotion regulation that predict specific emotion regulation difficulties. Our results suggest that examining specific emotion regulation difficulties may yield more nuanced information than solely examining generalized dysregulation, which may benefit treatment planning for clinical intervention of emotion dysregulation.