Motivation and emotion regulation : a grounded theory analysis.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The present research examines the field of research in Emotion Regulation (ER) - in particular, theoretical matters. Problems affecting this type of research pertain to matters such as definition, measurement, and a lack of unifying theory. A grounded theory investigation was used to attempt to generate a theory with substantive and predictive value. Thirty-five participants were interviewed and questioned about their ER patterns. Analysis of this data showed that the motivations individuals have form a broad unifying construct through which to look at ER. As such, a theory is posited which looks at ER in terms of twin motivations - one primarily present for the self, and the other primarily occurring for social reasons. Such an approach is new to the field of ER. The theory is evaluated in terms of current research and future research directions. Overall, the presented theory is found to be able to unify current research on ER, as well as having the potential to push research efforts in new, more meaningful directions.