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Relationship of Emotional Invalidation to Thought Suppression and Avoidant Stress Responses

Volume 5 - Issue 5, May 2022 Edition
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Author(s)
Nikki D. Orita, Paulo Manuel L. Macapagal, Rocel P. Asotegue, Zyrll Kate Yabut, Jewel Anne Duran
Keywords
emotional invalidation, thought suppression, avoidant stress responses
Abstract
Emotional invalidation is a construct that has received very little attention despite its theoretical importance. The current study examined the relationship between emotional invalidation to thought suppression and avoidant stress responses among married couples residing in Metro Manila. Using the Perceived Invalidation of Emotion Scale, White Bear Thought Suppression Inventory, and Avoidant Stress Responses Scale the researchers have accelerated to study how married couples handle emotional invalidation. Descriptive-correlational design was utilized and respondents were chosen using a non-probability purposive sampling technique with a specific criterion wherein four hundred and seventy-five participants completed a forced-choice questionnaire about how they perceived invalidation with their spouse and a subset of this group (n=200) completed an additional measure about thought suppression and avoidant stress responses. The result indicated that 63% of the respondents perceived that they are very highly invalidated; 52% of the respondents scored high on the level of thought suppression while 51% of the respondents are moderately avoidant. The result of the statistical treatment of data using linear regression analysis shows that married couples who perceived that they are emotionally invalidated do not engage in thought suppression and avoidant stress responses. Therefore, the researcher concluded that emotional invalidation has no significant relationship to thought suppression and avoidant stress responses. In line with this, this current study can provide a foundation for future researchers to expand more study about invalidation.
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