The Emotion Dysregulation Model of Anxiety: A preliminary path analytic examination

Cynthia Suveg, Diana Morelen, Gene A. Brewer, Kristel Thomassin

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Both temperamental (e.g., behavioral inhibition) and environmental (e.g., family emotional environment) factors are associated with etiology and maintenance of anxiety; however, few studies have explored mechanisms through which these risk factors operate. The present study investigation of a developmental model of anxiety (i.e., the Emotion Dysregulation Model of Anxiety; EDMA) that hypothesizes that emotion dysregulation is the mechanism through which temperamental and emotion parenting variables relate to anxiety. Emerging adults (N=676, M age. =19.5) retrospectively reported on behavioral inhibition and emotion parenting factors in childhood, and current emotion regulation skills and symptoms of anxiety. Results of path analyses provide initial support for the EDMA. Emotion dysregulation fully mediated the relationship between behavioral inhibition and anxiety and partially mediated the relationship between family emotional environment and anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-930
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Family
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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