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Life stress and anger: Moderating effects of type a irrational beliefs

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Personality and Individual Differences
0191-8869
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
12
Issue
6
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DOI: 10.1016/0191-8869(91)90250-f

Abstract

Abstract The ABC model of emotional dysfunction proposes that irrational beliefs moderate the impact of stressful ‘activating’ events upon emotional distress. The present investigation utilized a measure of irrational beliefs specific to the Type A personality trait, as it tested the hypothesis that levels of anger and anxiety would be greatest in irrational individuals experience high levels of life stress. Results obtained from 138 college students showed that the interaction effect was specific to anger. This pattern of results was interpreted as evidence to support the ABC model of emotional dysfunction.

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