Emotion Control Values and Responding to an Anger Provocation inAsian-American and European-American Individuals

Cogn Emot. 2010 Sep 1;24(6):1026-1043. doi: 10.1080/02699930903122273.


The present research examined whether Asian-American (AA) versus European-American (EA) women differed in experiential, expressive, or autonomic physiological responding to a laboratory anger provocation and assessed the mediating role of values about emotional control. Results indicate that AA participants reported and behaviorally displayed less anger than EA participants, while there were no group differences in physiological responses. Observed differences in emotional responses were partially mediated by emotion control values, suggesting a potential mechanism for effects of cultural background on anger responding.