The relationship of the big picture appraisal questionnaire with measures of emotion regulation style
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Big picture appraisal entails viewing difficult situations and one’s reactions to them in terms of a larger context. The purpose of this study was to examine how people who score high or low on a trait measure of big picture thinking differ on a measure of distress and on several other emotion regulation measures. Additionally, whether any of the relationships with big picture thinking might be moderated by sex was addressed. The Big Picture Appraisal Questionnaire (BPAQ, Gill, 2013) showed a weak relationship with social desirability, and moderate to high correlations with emotional restriction as measured by the Affective Control Scale (ACS, Williams, 1997), and with the emotion processing and emotion expression scales of the Emotional Approach Coping Scales (EACS, Stanton, 2000). The correlation between the BPAQ and the Brief Symptom Inventory – 18 (BSI, Derogatis, 1983) was not significant but it is expected that a relationship between these constructs might be found if examined in the presence of life stressors. Lastly, females scored significantly higher than males on the BPAQ. While sex did not significantly moderate the relationship between the BPAQ and other emotion regulation variables, there was a trend toward moderation in the relationship between the ACS (emotional restriction) and the BPAQ, with females, but not males showing a significant relationship between these measures.