A preliminary psychometric evaluation of a parent-report measure of child emotional awareness and expression in a sample of anxious youth

Caroline E. Kerns*, Jonathan S. Comer, Janice Zeman

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Abstract

Recent conceptualizations of child anxiety disorders have implicated emotion dysregulation in the development, maintenance, and/or exacerbation of these conditions. Assessment of emotion regulation in children often relies upon self-reports, but research suggests a multi-informant approach is optimal in the assessment of youth. The current study evaluates the preliminary psychometric properties of a parent-report adaptation of the Emotion Expression Scale for Children (EESC-P) in a sample of parents (n = 78) seeking treatment for their child's anxiety disorder (M child age = 11.04, SD = 2.96, 46.8 % female). Findings support the internal consistency and predictive validity of the EESC-P. Parent-child concordance was low-to-moderate within a subset of participants whose children completed the EESC. Scores on the EESC-P did not differ as a function of age or gender. Results preliminarily support the use of the EESC-P as part of a multi-informant assessment of emotional awareness in children with anxiety disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-357
Number of pages9
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Child anxiety
  • Emotion awareness
  • Emotion regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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