Motion regulation in socio-political movement: The importance of emotion regulation towards Hong Kong university students’ mental health during the pro-democracy movement

On Sang CHUI

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Abstract

Objectives: This study aims to investigate the association between the pro-democracy movement and the young generation’s mental well-being, and the moderating effect of emotion regulation strategies (i.e. cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression) on the association between participation level and mental health. Methods: Participants were 106 Hong Kong university students (mean age = 19.7, 60.4% female) who filled out a four-part questionnaire: demographic characteristics, level of participation in social movement, Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ)(Gross & John, 2003), and a set of mental health status questionnaires which included the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (Spitzer, Kroenke, Williams, & Löwe, 2006), 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9; Yeung et al., 2008), and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-Civilian (PCL-C) Questionnaire (Weathers et al., 1991, 1993) Results: Results showed that 1) Around 30% of the respondents reported moderate to severe levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms and about 50% of the respondents reported significant symptoms of PTSD. 2) Participation level was significantly correlated with depressive symptoms (r = .22, p< .05) and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (r = .28, p< .05). However, 3) emotion regulation strategies (cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression) were not significant moderators in the relationship between participation level and mental health outcomes. Conclusion: Findings suggest that the participants’ mental health was associated with the pro-democracy movement. The higher the level of participation in the movement that involves conflicts and violence, the higher psychological distress that the individuals would gain. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • emotion regulation
  • Socio-political movement
  • Mental health
  • Anti-extradition Bill Movement
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Thesis (BSocSc(Psy))--The Education University of Hong Kong, 2020.

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