Study on the Relationship Between Emotion Tropism and Expressivity of College Students and Their Mental Health

Xiaoyan DENG, Xiao LÜ


The method of scaling is adopted to study the relation between emotional tropism (consisting of positive and negative affective variables), emotional expressivity and mental health by doing questionnaires from 263 college students in Chongqing City. The differences test shows that: (a) Males express more negative affect than females and are not as good as women in expressing their feelings, but no significant gender differences in positive affect and feeling of happiness is observed; and freshmen share more feeling of happiness than seniors, but no significant differences between grades in their expression of positive or negative affect and emotions are observed; (b) Correlation analysis shows that feeling of happiness and other positive affect have significant negative correlation with most of the psychological symptom factors, while negative affect have significant positive correlation with all the psychological symptom factors; and emotional expressivity shows significant negative correlation with interpersonal sensitivity, hostility, depression, anxiety and other factors; (c) Regression analysis further shows that negative affect exerts significant regression effect on obsession, interpersonal relationship, depression, anxiety, hostility, bigotry and other factors, and emotional expression exerts regression effect on interpersonal sensitivity, hostility, depression, anxiety and other


College students; Positive and negative affect; Feeling of happiness; Emotional expression; Mental health

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