عنوان مقاله [English]
Background and objective: Emotion regulation is a central component in organizing adaptive behavior and preventing negative emotions and maladaptive behaviors. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of critical thinking on emotional regulation of students of Amin Police University.
Method: In terms of its objectives the present study was of an applied research type and in terms of method it is considered as a survey study using structural equations. The statistical population included associate students. The sample size of 210 individuals was selected through Cochran's formula using simple random sampling method. They answered the Ricketts' critical thinking and Gross and John emotion regulation questionnaires. Data analysis was performed in SPSS and AMOS software.
Findings: According to research findings, critical thinking had a positive and significant effect on emotion regulation as well as creativity, maturity and commitment on emotion regulation. The mean score of critical thinking was 3.155 and emotion regulation was 4.722. The adequacy and Bartlett tests were 0.926 and p <0.05, respectively. All factor loads of the model had values above 0.3. The significance values related to the coefficients of hypotheses were greater than 1.96 which showed significance. The reliability of the questionnaires was calculated using Cronbach's alpha and all factors were higher than 0.7 and the validity was confirmed by the experts.
Results: Critical thinking helps students in correct assertive behaviors, ability to communicate with others, emotion management, control anger, suppress negative emotions and anxiety, and thus protect them from social and personal harm; it is also effective in cognitive regulation strategies such as psychological empowerment and emotion, quality of life, self-esteem, mental health, physical health, self-esteem, self-regulation, creativity, etc.