龚玲：Effect of emotion regulation strategies on anxiety during job interview in Chinese college students
Background and objectives:Few studies related to the impact of different emotion regulation strategies on anxiety have used externally and ecologically valid emotion-eliciting stimuli or Eastern populations. The present study compares the effects of reappraisal, suppression, and acceptance on anxiety induced by a simulated job interview in a Chinese sample.Methods:Eighty-two subjects were randomly assigned to one of four instructions: reappraisal, suppression, acceptance, or no-regulation strategies during a simulated job interview. Anxiety was assessed with an observer-based behavior rating scale during the interview and the State Anxiety Inventory before, during, and after the interview.Results:A repeated-measures MANOVA indicated a significantly greater reduction in anxiety in the reappraisal and acceptance groups compared to the control group during the interview (reappraisal:d= 1.42; acceptance:d= 1.30; eachp< .001), but not during the recovery stage. The suppression and control group did not differ in any stage. Suppression led to a higher (pmax< .04) anxiety than reappraisal/acceptance in the anticipation (d= 0.65/0.68), interview (d= 0.87/0.79), and recovery stages (d= 0.94/1.03). No significant differences were found between reappraisal and acceptance.Conclusions: In Chinese students reappraisal and acceptance seem to be more effective anxiety regulation strategies than suppression.