The Role of Cognitive Flexibility on Corona Anxiety with Mediation of Cognitive Emotion Regulation in Undergraduate Students

Document Type : Research Paper


Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of cognitive flexibility on corona anxiety with mediation of cognitive emotion regulation in undergraduate students poldokhtar higher education center. The research method was correlation of the type path analysis. The sample consisted of 230 undergraduate students of poldakhtar higher education center in the academic year of 2020-2021, who were selected based on the rules of thumb Kline equal and selected via the available sampling method. The instruments used in this study were Corona Disease Anxiety Scale, Cognitive Flexibility Inventory, and Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire. Data analysis was performed using path analysis statistical method and bootstrapping method was used to examine the mediating role of the variables. Findings showed that after eliminating the direct path from adapted strategies to corona anxiety, the causal model of cognitive flexibility to corona anxiety was confirmed through the mediating role of maladaptive strategies. In general, the maladaptive strategies played a mediating role in the relationship between psychological flexibility and corona anxiety; therefore, it is suggested to take appropriate measures to reduce the maladaptive emotion regulation strategy and increase psychological flexibility in students.