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Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

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160. Moderators to the Association of Daily Reports of Hassles and Uplifts with Affect

Experiencing daily hassles and uplifts is ubiquitous, yet individuals differ in the extent to which positive and negative events impact their affective states. Theory suggests that personality traits (i.e.., neuroticism, extraversion), perspectives on one’s thoughts (i.e., decentering, reappraisal), and chronic stress can buffer or exacerbate the impact of daily events (e.g., Naragon-Gainey et al., 2018). Therefore, the current study examines these variables as moderators of the associations of daily hassles and uplifts—using both participant reports and coder ratings of intensity— with current positive and negative affect. Baseline measures of the above moderators were collected from 129 treatment-seeking adults who participated in an intensive longitudinal study where they provided end-of-day reports of three positive and three negative events, as well as their current affect, over the course of 10 days. Preliminary between-person analyses showed that individual differences in daily uplifts were positively correlated with overall positive affect (r = .21-.32), whereas daily hassles were not associated with positive or negative affect. Ongoing analyses (expected to be completed by June 2019) will evaluate the moderating effect of neuroticism, extraversion, decentering, and chronic stress on both within-person (same day) and between-person (overall) associations between daily events and affective experiences.

Tierney McMahon
University at Buffalo

Kaitlyn Biehler
University at Buffalo

Alexa Jimenez
University at Buffalo

Kristin Naragon-Gainey
University at Buffalo


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