Predictive Roles of Cognitive and Behavioural Emotion Regulation Strategies on Loneliness among Undergraduate Students at Redeemer's University, Nigeria

Authors

  • Bede C. Akpunne Department of Psychology, Redeemer's University, Ede
  • Deborah O. Ogbonlaye Department of Psychology, Redeemer's University, Ede
  • Joshua O. Ogunsemi Department of Psychology, Redeemer's University, Ede

Keywords:

Cognitive Emotion Regulation, Behavioural Emotion Regulation, Loneliness, Emotion Regulation Strategy, Undergraduate Students

Abstract

Loneliness is a public health concern as it tends to be a risk factor for mental disorders. This study investigated cognitive and behavioural emotion regulation's predictive impact on loneliness among undergraduate students at Redeemer's University Ede, Osun State. A Cross-sectional research design was employed for the study. A convenient sampling technique was adopted in selecting a total of 321 participants (224 females) and (97 males) (Mean age=18.30, SD=1.78). The sample responded to self-report measures of Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ), Behavioural Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (BERQ) and 3-item Loneliness Scale. Three hypotheses were generated and tested using Multiple and Linear Regression analyses. Results showed that participants who felt lonely were characterized cognitively by greater use of rumination (β= .22, p < .01) and self-blame (β= .22, p < .01), and lesser use of other cognitive strategies. Behaviourally, loneliness was characterized by greater use of actively ignoring stressful situations (β= .16, p < .01). Gender and age did not predict loneliness. Still, gender has a significant relationship with withdrawal [r (319) = .12, p < .05] while age has with acceptance [r (319) = -.11, p < .05] and ignoring [r (319) = -.22, p < .01]. Based on the findings of this study, it is seen that individual differences in emotion regulation may play an important role in explaining loneliness and could therefore represent a promising treatment plan.

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Published

2024-07-01

How to Cite

Akpunne, B. C. ., Ogbonlaye , D. O. ., & Ogunsemi, J. O. . (2024). Predictive Roles of Cognitive and Behavioural Emotion Regulation Strategies on Loneliness among Undergraduate Students at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. Ife Social Sciences Review, 32(1), 53–62. Retrieved from https://issr.oauife.edu.ng/index.php/issr/article/view/242