Subclinical psychopathology and affective forecasting: Role of in‐the‐moment feelings

Zhang, Rui‐Ting, Yang, Tian‐Xiao, Chen, Si‐Yu, Cheung, Eric F. C., Barkus, Emma and Chan, Raymond C. K. (2022) Subclinical psychopathology and affective forecasting: Role of in‐the‐moment feelings. PsyCh Journal, 11 (3). pp. 317-326. ISSN 2046-0252

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It is important for positive well-being and social engagement to understand how peoplepredict future emotions, an ability known as affective forecasting. However, mechanismsunderpinning the change to affective forecasting are not well understood in peoplewith subclinical psychiatric symptoms. The current study differentiated components that comprise affective forecasting and investigated how non-clinical features relate to these.We recruited 319 participants to complete the social affective forecasting task and respond to questionnaires that captured schizotypal and autistic traits as well as depressive symptoms. Associations between affective forecasting and subclinical features were investigated using correlations, regression, and structure equation modeling. Results showed that interpersonal features of schizotypal traits negatively predicted anticipated emotions in positive social conditions via in-the-moment feelings but not via mental simulation. Findings highlight that in-the-moment feelings may be an intervention target to help people who have difficulties with social interactions to anticipate more pleasure for future social events.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This study was supported by grants from the National Key Research and Development Program (2016YFC0906402), the National Science Fund China (81571317), and the CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Uncontrolled Keywords: anticipated emotions, in-the-moment feelings, schizotypy, depressive symptoms, autistic traits
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2022 11:41
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2023 08:00

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