Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Previous studies revealed that gender-role conforming men rated themselves lower on emotional scales (Etherton, Lawson, & Graham, 2014) and expressed emotion less freely than women in experimental situations (Brody, Lovas, & Hay, 1995). Further, men with high gender-role stress indicated fear of losing control over emotions (Jakupcak, 2003). The purpose of the current study was to explore if the physiological response to emotional suppression is similar to that associated with fear and anxiety. Gender-role conforming men and women experienced fearful and emotional stimuli. Experimenters recorded explicit and implicit reactions before and after exposure. Results showed females experienced greater changes in response after stimuli exposure compared to males. Implications of this research may indicate that males experience increased stress associated with emotional suppression.
Carlton, Sara; Harrison, Abbey; Honoré, Sydney; and Goodmon, Leilani B.
"Conceal, Don't Feel: Gender Differences in Implicit and Explicit Expressions of Emotions,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 25
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol25/iss1/10