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Psychometric properties of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for children

Rieffe, Caroline and Meerum Terwogt, Mark and Petrides, Konstantinos and Cowan, Richard and Miers, Anne and Tolland, Abigail (2007) Psychometric properties of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for children. Personality and Individual Differences, 43. pp. 95-105. ISSN 0191-8869. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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In order to broaden the alexithymia concept, we identified six aspects in a newly developed questionnaire for children which aims to measure emotion awareness: Differentiating Emotions, Verbal Sharing of Emotions, Bodily Awareness, Acting Out Emotions, Analyses of Emotions, and Others? Emotions. First, the six-factor structure of this Emotion Awareness Questionnaire was identified in children (692 children, 9-16 years old), although the scale Acting Out Emotions showed poor psychometric properties. Second, the predictive validity of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire showed promise with respect to self-reported somatic complaints (in samples from two different countries, the UK and the Netherlands), depression and worry. Only Acting Out Emotions did not contribute to any of the criterion variables whilst Bodily Awareness and Others? Emotions contributed in the unexpected direction. It is proposed that the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire could help to identify which specific elements of emotional (dys)functioning are related to different kinds of psychological problems.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: 11 - 16; 5 - 10; England; Netherlands; Child development; Health and wellbeing; alexithymia; emotion awareness; children
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2009 14:48
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:28
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