Project « Promoting emotion regulation skills and positive emotions in adolescents »

Adolescence is a challenging developmental stage during which psychological and biological changes contribute to the use of maladaptive emotion regulation strategies, to increased levels of negative emotions, and to the likelihood of developing emotion-related disorders. The field of emotion regulation in adolescence is still nascent and the current interventional programs focused on this specific topic are largely designed for children. Therefore, our first aim is to develop and implement an intervention that particularly trains the use of adaptive emotion regulation strategies and the expression of positive emotions in adolescents. Our second aim is to use this tool to improve adolescents’ emotional skills in order to facilitate their transition from school to professional life and to support resilience and positive social functioning. The intervention will use an interactive and multi-method setting (board games, apps) and will be tailored to adolescents’ interests and needs.

01.09.2018 – 31.12.2021


  • Doctoral Researcher: Alexandra Zaharia, Research and Teaching Assistant in Psychology at Swiss Distance Learning University & Member of chEERSLab, Institute of Special Education, University of Fribourg
  • Supervision: Prof. Andrea Samson, Dean and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Swiss Distance Learning University & SNSF Professorship at Institute of Special Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Co-supervision: Prof. David Sander, Director of Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland


  • Swiss Distance University, Brig, Switzerland
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