Negatively Valenced Expectancy Violation Predicts Emotionality: A Longitudinal Analysis

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We hypothesized that negatively valenced expectancy violations about the quality of 1’s life would predict negative emotionality. We tested this hypothesis in a 4-wave longitudinal study of breast cancer survivors. The findings showed that higher levels of negatively valenced expectancy violation, at earlier time points, were associated with greater negative emotionality, at later time points. Implications of the findings are discussed.

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