Anger suppression, cultural orientation, and depression among Asian American and European American college students

Yuen Man Rebecca CHEUNG, Irene J. K. PARK

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The present study tested a theoretical model of emotion regulation (Yap, Sheeber, & Allen, 2007) in a sample of Asian American and European American college students (N = 365). Specifically, the mediating role of anger suppression in the effect of temperament and family processes on depressive symptoms was tested across race and levels of interdependent self-construal (a culturally based self orientation emphasizing connectedness with others). Next, the moderation of the suppression–depression relation was tested by race and interdependent self-construal. Results indicated that the hypothesized model fit well across Asian American and European American students, as well as those with high versus low levels of interdependent self-construal. Anger suppression was a significant mediator of the hypothesized indirect effects on depressive symptoms. Moreover, race and interdependent self-construal moderated the suppression–depression link, such that Asian American status and a stronger interdependent self-construal attenuated the relation between anger suppression and depressive symptoms. Understanding both universal and culture-specific aspects of emotion regulation in the development of depressive symptoms will be essential for sound theory, future research, and effective prevention and intervention efforts across diverse populations. Copyright © 2010 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-525
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010



Cheung, R. Y. M., & Park, I. J. K. (2010). Anger suppression, cultural orientation, and depression among Asian American and European American college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(4), 517-525. doi: 10.1037/a0020655


  • Asian American college students
  • Anger suppression
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interdependent self-construal
  • European American college students
  • Temperament
  • Family processes