Contextually appropriate emotional word use predicts adaptive health behavior: Emotion context sensitivity and treatment adherence

J Health Psychol. 2016 May;21(5):579-89. doi: 10.1177/1359105314532152. Epub 2014 May 6.

Abstract

Emotion context sensitivity is the ability to respond emotionally in a manner that is functionally appropriate for the context in which the emotion arises. This study examined the relationship between emotion context sensitivity and treatment adherence in adults with the chronic illness Thalassemia. Emotional responses were measured by examining the frequency of positive and negative emotional words used to answer two interview questions that created two different emotional contexts. Consistent with previous research on adaptive and contextually appropriate emotions, negative emotion words were related to adherence in the context of the disease itself, while positive emotion words were related to adherence in the context of coping.

Keywords: adherence; chronic illness; context; emotions; treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Thalassemia / psychology*
  • Thalassemia / therapy
  • Treatment Adherence and Compliance / psychology*