Utilizing an ability-based measure to detect emotion regulation deficits in generalized anxiety disorder

Caroline E. Kerns, Douglas S. Mennin*, Frank J. Farach, Christopher C. Nocera

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In recent years, the field of emotion regulation has advanced current conceptualizations of many forms of psychopathology. Difficulties with emotion regulation have been detected via self-report in several anxiety and depressive disorders, and in particular, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). However, there is a paucity of research examining emotion regulation ability in this population, leaving open the possibility that self-report measures reflect an individual's perception of his/her emotion regulation skills rather than skills themselves. The present study examined the utility of an ability-based measure of emotional intelligence in the assessment of emotion-related deficits in GAD as well as the concordance between the ability-based measure and self-reports of emotion regulation skills. Results revealed that individuals with GAD demonstrated significantly more difficulty regulating their emotions than control participants did on both ability-based and self-report measures. Further, these measures showed a moderate concordance with each other. Findings suggest it will be important to integrate ability-based measurement of emotion-related deficits with other assessment modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014


  • Assessment
  • Emotion regulation
  • Generalized anxiety disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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