Transdiagnostic approaches to Emotion Regulation: Basic Mechanisms and Treatment Research

Brian C. Chu, Junwen Chen, Christina Mele, Andrea Temkin, Justine Xue

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This chapter delineates the transdiagnostic approach to emotion regulation in children and adolescents in terms of underlying mechanisms and unifying treatment approaches. Transdiagnostic attempts to explain the high incidence of comorbidity among related disorders, whilst enhancing understanding of the underlying mechanisms inferring commonalities in development, propagation, and impairment. Additionally, it seeks to streamline and enhance the impact of evidence-based interventions for psychological disorders. However, differing research designs, assessment tools, and analytic methodologies have made comparisons challenging. Evidence from cross-sectional and longitudinal research has identified commonalties across disorders related to strategy deployment and neurological involvement (amygdala). Interventions targeting emotional functioning have demonstrated efficacy for both primary and secondary issues. Research is limited in exploring the shift in emotion regulation functioning. Nascent research on DBT and ERT has employed robust treatment evaluations, reporting outcomes. These programs have demonstrated efficacy across numerous presenting problems maintaining effects in both short and long-term follow-ups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotion Regulation and Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
Editors Cecilia A. Essau, Sara S. LeBlanc, Thomas H. Ollendick
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780191841996
ISBN (Print)9780198765844
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Transdiagnostic approach
  • neurological involvement
  • amygdala
  • emotional functioning
  • research domain criteria
  • comorbidity
  • transdiagnostic emotion regulation processes
  • dialectical behavior therapy
  • evidence-based interventions


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