Title

Style of anger expression: Relation to expressivity, personality, and health

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-1999

NLM Title Abbreviation

Person Soc Psychol Bull

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

DOI of Published Version

10.1177/0146167299258002

Abstract

Three studies explored the associations among style of anger expression, emotional expressivity, Big Five personality traits, somatic complaints, and self-reported health behaviors among undergraduate and community-residing participants. Unlike measures of emotional expressivity, which tend to be most strongly related to Extraversion, anger-in and anger-out primarily were associated with Neuroticism and Agreeableness, respectively. Anger-in was positively related to somatic complaints bat failed to predict symptoms after controlling for Neuroticism. Anger-out was positively associated with both somatic complaints and self-reported health behaviors, even after controlling for Neuroticism and Agreeableness. Measures of emotional expressivity provided further information, regarding style of anger expression. Anger-in was associated with a general tendency to be emotionally inexpressive, whereas anger-out was more specifically related to the expression of angry emotions.

Published Article/Book Citation

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25:10 (1999) pp.1196-1207. DOI:doi: 10.1177/0146167299258002.

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https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/949