Measuring Beliefs About Automatic Mood Regulation: Development of a Self-Report Scale
Degree awarded: M.A. Psychology. American University Although mood regulation often occurs through automatic processes, there are likely individual differences in whether people have faith that their mood can be regulated without effortful control. Believing in automatic mood regulation is hypothesized to be adaptive as it could lead one to conserve cognitive resources, making emotions less disruptive and threatening. A self-report scale measuring Beliefs About Automatic Mood Regulation (BAMR) was piloted among undergraduates, and further validated in another undergraduate and community sample. The final measure showed adequate internal consistency, test-retest reliability, discriminant validity, and construct validity. While both the BAMR and the Negative Mood Regulation Scale share a number of adaptive correlates, these measures appear to capture two very different approaches to emotion regulation.