Investigating the association between emotion regulation and distress in adults with psychotic-like experiences

K. Juston Osborne, Emily C. Willroth*, Jordan E. DeVylder, Vijay A. Mittal, Matthew R. Hilimire

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Many individuals in the general population experience psychotic-like experiences in the absence of a psychotic disorder. The degree of psychological distress associated with these experiences is a key predictor of clinical outcomes. One factor that may influence the degree of distress from psychotic-like experiences is emotion regulation. Although it has been demonstrated that emotion regulation deficits are present in psychotic disorders, the association between emotion regulation and subclinical psychotic-like experiences is not well understood. Here, we examined the associations between frequency of and distress from psychotic-like experiences and several key components of emotion regulation: difficulties with emotion regulation; emotion regulation self-efficacy; and emotion regulation strategy use. Difficulties with emotion regulation and maladaptive patterns of emotion regulation strategy use were associated with the frequency of both positive and negative psychotic-like experiences. In addition, results suggest that habitual acceptance use and reappraisal self-efficacy may serve as protective factors against the distress associated with psychotic-like experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-70
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatry Research
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Distress
  • Emotion regulation
  • Psychotic-like experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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