Emotional suppression and well-being in immigrants and majority group members in the Netherlands

S Stupar - Rutenfrans, FJR van der Vijver, JRJ Fontaine

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We were interested in interethnic differences in emotional suppression. We propose a model in which suppression of specific emotional experiences (suppressive behaviours during interactions with others) mediates the relationship between emotional suppression tendency (intention to suppress emotions) and well-being, operationalised as mood disturbance, life dissatisfaction and depressive and physical symptoms. The sample consisted of 427 majority group members and 344 non-Western and 465 Western immigrants in the Netherlands. Non-Western immigrants scored higher on emotional suppression tendency and lower on well-being than the other groups. We did not find interethnic differences in suppression of specific emotional experiences. The full mediation model was supported in all groups. Interethnic differences in well-being could not be accounted for by differences in emotional suppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-507
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Emotional suppression
  • Immigrants
  • The Netherlands
  • Well-being


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