Title

Emotion Regulation and Spousal Undermining: Evidence of a Reciprocity Effect in Dual-Career Couples

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

10-2016

Abstract

Does emotion regulation work at home? Incorporating family systems theoretical logic, this paper examines how emotion regulation influences the incidence and reciprocity of social undermining behavior within dual-career couples. Using a sample of 130 dual-career married couples, we find evidence for a reciprocity effect of undermining within couples. Contrary to our predictions, the surface acting form of emotion regulation heightened the reciprocity of undermining within these couples. Supplemental analyses show that female spouses incur higher levels of undermining reciprocity w hen surface acting is high, but male spouses do not. Beyond identifying evidence of a reciprocity undermining effect, this paper offers new insights into the prevalence and effects of emotion regulation for dual-career couple systems. We discuss theoretical and applied implications of these findings.

Sponsorship/Conference/Institution

Southern Management Association Annual Conference (SMA)

Location

Charlotte, NC

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