Assessing Emotion Regulation Ability for Negative and Positive Emotions: Psychometrics of the Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory in United States Adults

David A. Preece, Rodrigo Becerra, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Mark Boyes, Peter McEvoy, Cynthia Villanueva, Stevi Ibonie, June Gruber, Penelope Hasking, James J. Gross

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Abstract

People regulate both negative and positive emotions, and their ability to do this successfully is a cornerstone of adaptive psychological functioning. However, few measures have been available to assess emotion regulation ability across both valence domains. The Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI) was recently developed for this purpose. Here we present the first psychometric study of the PERCI in the United States (N = 508). Confirmatory factor analyses supported the intended eight-factor structure, which was invariant across age, gender, and education. PERCI scores had high internal consistency, and were associated with measures of psychopathology, emotional reactivity, and emotion regulation strategies in expected ways. These observed relationships between the PERCI and various regulation strategies may serve to establish a profile of what strategy patterns characterize differences in emotion regulation ability. Overall, the PERCI had strong psychometrics. Its capacity to assess both valence domains should enable more comprehensive assessments of emotion regulation ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-567
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume294
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021

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