Men's restrictive emotionality: An investigation of associations with other emotion-related constructs, anxiety, and underlying dimensions

Y. Joel Wong, Keenan A. Pituch, Aaron B. Rochlen

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Abstract

Using Kennedy-Moore and Watson's cognitive-evaluative model of emotional expression and nonexpression, in the current study the authors investigated the relationship between men's restrictive emotionality and other emotion-related constructs. Among the emotion-related variables represented by the above model, negative attitudes toward emotional expression were found to be most closely associated with men's restrictive emotionality. In addition, results of multiple regression analyses suggest that men's difficulty identifying feelings might account for the relationship between restrictive emotionality and trait anxiety. Further, a factor analysis of various emotion-related measures revealed a three-factor solution in which men's restrictive emotionality formed part of a high-order factor named Difficulty With Emotional Communication. Implications of the findings and directions for future masculinity research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-126
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Emotions
  • Gender role conflict
  • Masculinity
  • Restrictive emotionality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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