04: Aim, Research Questions and Method of Study

The aim of this study was to explore how a religiously dedicated group may serve as a provider of specific emotion regulation strategies to adherents. A characteristic of JWs is that they are an eschatological group. Hence, the aim is
to put focus on emotion regulation strategies in an end-time-focused environment. The research questions included the following:

Q1: Which group-based emotion regulation strategies were offered to JWs’ members in this group culture, and which regulation goals were identified in interview material from a Norwegian context?

Q2: How can psychological future time, in the specific form of eschatological end-time expectations among JWs, impact emotion regulation?

Method

This study consisted of 20 interviews with JWs from Norway. An abductive approach, combining an inductive data-driven and deductive theory-driven way of accomplishing the research process (Alvesson & Kärreman, 2011; O’Connor, 1997), was employed. The emotion regulation theory was used to explore the specific emotion regulation patterns among the informants. The materials were analyzed thematically, as defined by Braun and Clarke (2006), being a particular and flexible qualitative method for identifying, analyzing and reporting patterns and themes.

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