Emotional Inhibition and Personality as Predictors of Anxiety and Depression in Young Adults

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Authors: Anshika Dhar & Harguneet Kaur

To cite this article: Dhar, A., & Kaur, H. (2024) Emotional Inhibition and Personality as Predictors of Anxiety and Depression in Young Adults, Youth Voice Journal, ISSN (online): 2056-2969

Categories: Paper, Youth Voice Journal



Purpose: Anxiety and depression have been major contributors to the global burden of disease, and the impact has been exacerbated following the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the aim of this study was to understand the association between emotional suppression and the introverted-extraverted dimension of personality in young people and anxiety and depression.

Method: Participants were 152 Indian females between the age group of 18-25 years who provided basic demographic details and completed three questionnaires via a google form.

Findings: Results described a significant negative correlation of anxiety r (152) = .500, p <0.01and depression r(152)=.471, p <0.01 with emotional inhibition. There was also a significant positive correlation of anxiety r (152) = .288,p < 0.01 and depression r(152)= .288, p <0.01 with personality. While Emotional inhibition emerged as a significant negative predictor of anxiety (R2= .250) as well as of depression (R2=.222), personality (R2=.243) emerged as a significant predictor of depression.

Conclusion/Value: Contrary to popular belief, the results of this study suggest that anxiety and depression are inversely related to emotional inhibition. It restores the complexity of emotions and the need to investigate their role in various pathologies. These findings provide an initial basis for further investigation into the role of emotional expression and suppression in the Indian population.

Keywords: Emotional Inhibition, Personality, Anxiety, Depression, introversion-extroversion.

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