Emotional Regulation as Predictor Hostile Behaviour among Married Persons in Awka
Keywords:Emotional Regulation, Hostile Behaviour, Psychological Intervention Strategy
This study investigated emotional regulation as predictor of hostile behaviour among married persons in Awka urban. A total number of two hundred and fifty-two (252) married persons from Awka urban; served as participants for the study. They consist of 104 males, and 148 females. Their ages ranged from 25 to 56 years with a mean age of 37.54 and standard deviation of 9.15: Buss and Perry Scale developed by Buss and Perry (1992), a 29 items scale and Emotional Regulation Questionnaire developed by Gross and John (2003), a 10 items scale were used for data collection. The study adopted a correlational design. Multi Linear Regression statistics was used to analyze the data. The result revealed that hypothesis which stated that emotional regulation will significantly predict hostile behavior was accepted at f (2, 250), B=.24, t = 4.0, p< .000. Based on the findings the researchers recommended the need for psychological assessment and psychotherapy before and after marriages to ascertain the personality of the individuals and teach them some coping mechanism needed in marriage which is a lifelong event.