Psychological flexibility and ostracism: Experiential avoidance rather than cognitive fusion moderates distress from perceived ostracism over time

Ian Tyndall, Daniel Waldeck, Paulo Riva, Eric Wesselmann, Luca Pancani

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Abstract

Psychological inflexibility has been found to moderate psychological distress following perceived ostracism. Two component processes of psychological inflexibility, experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion, are considered key in exacerbating general emotional distress. The present study (n = 286) examined whether both experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion moderate distress from perceived ostracism or whether one of these processes alone underpins the moderation effect of psychological inflexibility. In a structural equation model analysis, when accounting for both factors, experiential avoidance moderated distress from perceived ostracism alone. Thus, it seems that experiential avoidance is a key driver underlying emotional regulation of psychological distress in the context of perceived ostracism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Contextual Behavioral Science
Volume7
Early online date21 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 7, (2018) DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.02.001
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Keywords

  • ostracism
  • psychological flexibility
  • experiential avoidance
  • cognitive fusion
  • distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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