Using the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

Emotion Regulation Questionnaire
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Used to describe a person’s ability to manage and respond to emotional experiences, emotion regulation is a concept receiving ever-growing interest in mental health and psychotherapy research.

Regardless of the source, unchecked emotions have the potential to spin out of control and escalate to regrettable and sometimes distressing situations and actions.

While most of us apply a range of strategies to adapt and cope with stressful situations, some of these approaches are more beneficial than others.

The ability to identify, understand, and modify the intensity of one’s emotions is essential in the development of adaptive responses, particularly towards those emotions regarded as negative.

The following article will examine just some of the methods by which emotion regulation strategies can be measured and assessed, adapted versions for use with children and adolescents, and guidance on how to score and interpret the results.

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What is the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire?

While emotions can be regulated in a variety of ways, research suggests that some forms of emotion regulation are much healthier than others. The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross & John, 2003) is designed to assess and measure two emotion regulation strategies; the constant tendency to regulate emotions by cognitive reappraisal or expressive suppression.

Respondents are invited to consider statements regarding their emotional life, particularly how emotions are controlled or regulated. Cognitive reappraisal is an adaptive, antecedent-focused strategy that affects the early cognitive stages of emotional activity, whereby the original interpretation of a situation is re-evaluated (Ioannidis & Siegling, 2015).

Put simply, cognitive reappraisal is fundamentally changing the way one thinks about potentially emotion-eliciting events. Research indicates that using cognitive reappraisal to regulate emotions is associated with healthier patterns of affect, social functioning, and well-being when compared to expressive suppression (Cutuli, 2014).

Conversely, expressive suppression is considered a maladaptive, response-focused, plan of action implemented after an emotional response has already fully developed (Ioannidis & Siegling, 2015).


How Does it Differ from the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire?

Cognitive emotion regulation refers to the conscious, cognitive handling of emotionally arousing information (Garnefski, Kraaij, & Spinhoven, 2001), and assists in the control of emotions during or after the experience of an adverse event. For instance, when experiencing a stressful situation, one might be inclined to ruminate and blame or to accept or positively reappraise the situation (Garnefski & Kraaij, 2007).

The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ; Garnefski et al., 2002) is a 36-item questionnaire developed to capture stable-dispositional cognitive emotion regulation strategies when people experience stressful life experiences (Feliu-Soler et al., 2017).

Where the ERQ focuses on cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression, the CERQ addresses the self-regulatory, conscious, and cognitive components of emotion regulation by distinguishing between nine different strategies:

  • Self-blame – the causal attribution of negative events to oneself.
  • Other-blame – the causal attribution of adverse events to others.
  • Rumination – overthinking emotions and thoughts associated with negative events.
  • Catastrophizing – explicitly emphasizing the consequences of negative events.
  • Putting into perspective – relativizing a negative event by considering the impact over time.
  • Positive refocusing – keeping attention on pleasant thoughts after the occurrence of negative events.
  • Positive reappraisal – finding the silver lining by creating a positive meaning to negative events.
  • Acceptance – accepting and not changing a negative situation or the emotions caused.
  • Refocus – thinking about what steps to take and how to handle the negative event.

The CERQ enables clinicians and researchers to measure a broader range of cognitive emotion regulation strategies with a single questionnaire.


On the Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

Until recent years, research in the area has almost exclusively centered on the roles of intrapersonal emotion regulation and how individual responses to stress, challenges, or emotional distress affect their well-being (Marroquín, Tennen, & Stanton, 2017). In contrast, interpersonal emotion regulation focuses on how emotions are regulated through others without one’s own efforts to elicit that regulation (Hofmann, 2014).

As social beings, the expression and regulation of emotions often occur interpersonally with trusted others; we commonly seek out the company of others to disclose emotional experiences (Barthel, Hay, Doan, & Hofmann, 2018). Interpersonal emotion regulation can be categorized in two ways; intrinsic – whether people use it to alter their own emotions, and extrinsic – whether people use it to change others’ emotions.

The Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (IERQ; Hofmann, Carpenter, & Curtiss, 2016) is a 20-item self-report questionnaire consisting of the four factors detailed below:

  1. Enhancing Positive Affect – seeking out others to increase feelings of happiness and joy – “I like being around others when I’m excited to share my joy.”
  2. Perspective Taking – using other people as a reminder that others have it worse – “Having people remind me that others are worse off helps me when I’m upset.”
  3. Soothing – seeking out others for comfort and sympathy – “I look for other people to offer me compassion when I’m upset.”
  4. Social Modeling – looking to others to see how they might cope with a given situation – “It makes me feel better to learn how others dealt with their emotions.”


The Emotion Regulation Scale

The Emotion Regulation Scale is designed to measure the tendency to regulate emotions by cognitive reappraisal and/or expressive suppression. Items on the scale involve two distinct aspects of emotional life, namely: emotional experience and emotional expression.

For instance, “I keep my emotions to myself” is related to emotional expression, whereas a statement such as, “When I want to feel more positive emotions, I change the way I’m thinking about the situation” represents emotional experience.

The cognitive reappraisal facet is made up of six statements, with a further four statements included in the expressive suppression facet.

Cognitive reappraisal items:

  1. When I want to feel more positive emotions (such as joy or amusement), I change what I’m thinking about.
  2. When I want to feel less negative emotion (such as sadness or anger), I change what I’m thinking about.
  3. When I’m faced with a stressful situation, I make myself think about it in a way that helps me stay calm.
  4. When I want to feel more positive emotions, I change the way I’m thinking about the situation.
  5. I control my emotions by changing the way I think about the situation I’m in.
  6. When I want to feel less negative emotion, I change the way I’m thinking about the situation.

Expressive suppression items:

  1. I keep my emotions to myself.
  2. When I am feeling positive emotions, I am careful not to express them.
  3. I control my emotions by not expressing them.
  4. When I am feeling negative emotions, I make sure not to express them.


How Does the Scoring Work?

The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

Respondents’ answers are scored on a 7-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). The scoring takes the average of all the scores in each subscale of cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression.

The higher the score, the greater the use of that particular emotion regulation strategy, conversely lower scores represent less frequent use.


The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

The scoring of the 36-item CERQ questionnaire is again straightforward. The nine cognitive emotion regulation strategies are measured on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 1 to 5, with scores being obtained by calculating the mean scores belonging to a particular subscale.

Higher subscale scores indicate greater use of a specific cognitive strategy.


The Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

All items on the Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Questionnaire are forward scored on a 5-point scale of 1 (not true for me at all) to 5 (extremely true for me), providing subscale scores for enhancing positive affect, perspective taking, soothing, and social modeling.

To discover the score for:

Enhancing Positive Affect – calculate the sum of items 3, 6, 8, 13, 18
Perspective Taking – calculate the sum of items 2, 7, 10, 14, 17
Soothing – calculate the sum of items 4, 9, 12, 16, 19
Social Modeling – calculate the sum of items 1, 5, 11, 15, 20.

As with the scoring of the other questionnaires, higher scores on subscales indicate the greater use of that particular strategy.


Other Emotional Regulation Assessments and Tests

Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS; Gratz & Roemer, 2004)

The Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale contains 36 items scored on a 5-point scale from 1 (almost never) to 5 (almost always), and was developed to measure emotion regulation difficulties across six dimensions:

  1. Non-acceptance of emotional responses
  2. Difficulties engaging in goal-directed behavior
  3. Impulse control difficulties
  4. Lack of emotional awareness
  5. Limited access to effective emotion regulation strategies
  6. Lack of emotional clarity

In the DERS higher scores indicate more difficulties in regulating emotions.


Emotion Regulation Skills Questionnaire (ERSQ; Grant, Salsman, & Berking, 2018)

The Emotion Regulation Skills Questionnaire is a 27 item measure of emotion regulation skills. Successful skills use is assessed through nine subscales; awareness, sensations, clarity, understanding, modification, acceptance, tolerance, readiness to confront distressing situations, and self-support.


Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS; Niven, Totterdell, Stride, & Holman, 2011)

The EROS scale is an effective way to investigate individual differences in the use of a wide range of emotion regulation strategies, providing a better means of identifying people who are susceptible to suffering negative psychological, physiological and social consequences (Niven et al., 2011).

The EROS is composed of two subscales:

  1. Intrinsic – measures efforts to improve and/or worsen their own emotions.
  2. Extrinsic – measures efforts to improve or worsen the emotions of others.


Difficulties in Interpersonal Regulation of Emotion (DIRE: Dixon-Gordon, Haliczer, Conkey, & Whalen, 2018)

DIRE was developed as a measure of maladaptive interpersonal emotion regulation and has shown internal consistency, construct, and predictive validity (Dixon-Gordon et al., 2018).

DIRE is one of the most widely used self-report measures of emotion regulation deficits and is used to assess difficulties in emotion regulation concerning emotional arousal, awareness, understanding, and the acceptance of emotions, and the ability to act in desired ways regardless of emotional states (Gratz & Roemer, 2008).


Child Versions of These Questionnaires

Emotion regulation in children has been shown to affect classroom behaviors and behavior control positively. Wyman et al. (2010) found that improving emotion regulation in children resulted in fewer disciplinary incidents, improved behavior control, fewer aggressive-disruptive problems, on-task learning behaviors and peer social skills, and more assertive behaviors.

Additionally, emotion regulation strategies are related to the reporting of symptoms of depression, fearfulness, and worry (Garnefski et al., 2007). It is clear to see that emotion regulation in children is an important skill to assess and develop, as such several self-report measures have been designed to facilitate this process.


The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire for Children and Adolescents (ERQ–CA; Gullone & Taffe, 2011)

The ERQ-CA is a 10-item child-report questionnaire based on the original adult version by Gross & John (2003) deemed suitable for use with children and adolescents aged 10-18 years.

Revisions to the ERQ include the simplification of item language, for instance, “I control my emotions by not expressing them” was considered too complicated for young children and so was reworded to “I control my feelings by not showing them.”

Additionally, the length of the response scale was reduced from a 7-point Likert scale to 5-points from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree).


The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire for Children (CERQ-k; Garnefski, Rieffe, Jellesma, Meerum Terwogt, & Kraaij, 2007)

The CERQ-k is an adapted 36-item version of the original CERQ designed to measure cognitive emotion regulation in children and adolescents. The CERQ-k measures nine cognitive emotion regulation strategies that children may use after experiencing negative life events.

While the original CERQ was considered suitable for adults and adolescents aged 12 and older, the CERQ-k was constructed for children of 9-11 years of age to better fit the cognitive abilities of children in this age group (Garnefski et al., 2007). The response format of the CERQ-k is a five-point Likert scale from 1 (almost never) to 5 (almost always) and can be used to obtain regulation strategy scores.


What is the Reliability Like?

Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

Since its development, the ERQ has been used extensively in studies of emotion regulation and has shown good psychometric properties. In particular, the measure has demonstrated good internal consistency and temporal stability, test-retest reliability, and sound convergent and discriminant validity (Ioannidis & Siegling, 2015).

Furthermore, the criterion validity of the ERQ has been examined, revealing numerous associations with constructs related to adaptive and non-adaptive functioning. For instance, higher cognitive reappraisal is linked to greater positive affect, mood repair, and life satisfaction. In contrast, emotional suppression is positively correlated with negative affect, depression, and inauthenticity (Gross & John, 2003).


Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

The CERQ has been shown to have good factorial validity, discriminative properties, and construct validity. Additionally, all subscales have demonstrated good internal consistencies (Garnefski, Baan, & Kraaij, 2005).

Principal component analyses provided factorial efficacy and support the allocation of items to subscales, while the test-retest reliability of the scales was good with most alphas exceeding 0.80 (Garnefski & Spinhoven, 2001). The recommended minimum Cronbach alpha coefficient is between 0.65 and 0.80.


The Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

The IERQ shows excellent psychometric properties with Cronbach alpha coefficients between .89 and .94 for all subscales (Hofmann, Carpenter, & Curtiss, 2016). As with the other questionnaires detailed above, the IERQ has been translated into multiple languages and has shown internal consistency coefficients between .81 and .89 with strong test-retest correlation coefficients (Gökdağ, Sorias, Kıran, & Ger, 2019).

These findings suggest that the translated versions of IERQ are also reliable and valid scales, with the psychometric properties being similar to those of the original.


Interpretation of the Results

The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

The higher the score, the greater the use of emotion regulation strategies, conversely lower scores represent less frequent use of such strategies. Gross & John (2003) found that the average scores for each strategy were as follows:

  • Cognitive Reappraisal: Men – 4.6, Women – 4.61
  • Expressive Suppression: Men – 3.64, Women – 3.14

Certain assumptions can then be made from the results. For instance, using cognitive reappraisal to regulate emotions has been shown to result in more affective, cognitive, and social consequences when compared to expressive suppression.

Cutuli (2014) found that individuals who utilize the cognitive reappraisal strategy are more likely to exhibit interpersonal behavior that is appropriately focused on social interaction. Conversely, those scoring higher for expressive suppression modify the behavioral aspect of emotional responses without reducing the subjective and physiological experience of negative emotion.


The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

From the results, various inferences can be made regarding cognitive emotion regulation. For instance, women with high levels of self-blame are 2.7 times more likely to develop depression than those who do not self-blame (Killian, Cacciatore, & Lacasse, 2011).

A greater tendency for rumination has been negatively associated with certain aspects of social interactions, excessive elaboration of negative information, and enhanced recollection memory for negative events (Dias da Silva, Rusz, Postma-Nilsenová, 2018).

Garnefski & Kraaij (2006) found that the highest mean scores were found for the cognitive strategies of ‘Planning’ and ‘Positive Reappraisal.’ ‘Catastrophizing’ and ‘Other-blame’ were reported as being used less often.

As a guide, the average scores for each of the strategies are as follows:

  • Self-blame – 2.96
  • Acceptance – 3.53
  • Rumination – 3.72
  • Positive refocusing – 3.53
  • Refocus on Planning – 3.89
  • Positive Reappraisal – 4.07
  • Putting into Perspective – 3.91
  • Catastrophizing – 2.43
  • Other-blame – 2.69


How to Get These Questionnaires as PDFs

A quick online search will produce multiple PDF versions of the measures detailed above; however, if you would like to gain access to the questionnaires and learn more about their development, validation, and reliability it’s a great idea to go directly to the source, you can find a list of key references below.

IERQ – The Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Questionnaire can be found in appendix 1 of:

Hofmann, S. G., Carpenter, J. K., & Curtiss, J. (2016). Interpersonal emotion regulation questionnaire (IERQ): Scale development and psychometric characteristics. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 40, 341–356.

ERQ – Gross, J.J., & John, O.P. (2003). Individual differences in two emotion regulation processes: Implications for affect, relationships, and well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 348-362.

CERQ & CERQ-k – PDFs of the CERQ and CERQ-k can be accessed for research purposes directly from the authors at Leiden University, Netherlands. Learn more about the development of the CERQ in:

Garnefski, N., Rieffe, C., Jellesma, F., Meerum Terwogt, M., & Kraaij, V. (2007). Cognitive emotion regulation strategies and emotional problems in early adolescents: The development of an instrument. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 16, 1-9.

DERS – The DERS measure and scoring guide can be found in:

Bjureberg, J., Ljótsson, B., Tull, M., Hedman, E., & Gratz, K. (2018). DERS-16 Measure and Scoring.


A Take-Home Message

A growing number of researchers and practitioners recognize the importance of understanding how individuals draw on a broad array of strategies to regulate their emotions. Even when emotions seem overwhelming, it is essential to remember that those emotions still provide important information.

I hope after reading this article, you have discovered some useful information and guidance on how emotion regulation can be effectively measured from childhood, through adolescence, and into adulthood.

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About the Author

Elaine Houston, B.Sc.(Honours), is an independent business owner and Behavioral Science graduate with an honors degree from the University of Abertay, Scotland. After graduating, Elaine developed her passion for psychology through a range of avenues, focusing on consumer and small business psychology before going on to work within her local community as a learning and development officer. When she isn’t working, Elaine enjoys exploring creative outlets such as painting, drawing, and photography.


  1. Hadia Bilal

    How can i get the alpha reliability of ” Emotion Regulation Questionnaire” and also for its subscales

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Hadia,

      You should be able to find reliability and validity information for this scale in Preece et al. (2020).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  2. Nawal Assaf

    the empathic anger scale Based on which theory and model؟
    Kind regards, nawal

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Nawal,

      Could you please let me know the creators/citation for the scale, then I can take a look for you 🙂

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  3. Fatima Zaidi

    what is the reliability and validity of The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) (Gross & John, 2003).

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Fatima,

      You can find an in-depth analysis of the ERQ’s psychometric properties in Preece et al. (2020). In short, yes! It had been shown to be valid and reliable.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  4. Farheen Zahra

    Do we need a permission from author to use emotion regulation scale for research purpose? Or is it free to use? And do you have “coping efficacy scale” bonanno (2004)?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Farheen,

      This scale is freely available to use — you don’t need permission from the authors. As for Bonanno’s CSE Scale, I’ve done a search and cannot seem to find it online I’m afraid. I would suggest reaching out to the creator to request it. You will find his current affiliation information here.

      Hope this helps a little!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  5. farnia


    Cognitive emotion regulation questionnaire Garnefski & et al. Based on which theory and model of emotion?
    Kind regards, FARNIA

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Farnia,

      There are a lot of different perspectives on models/theories/frameworks of memotion regulation. However, Garnefski, Kraaij, and Spinhoven (2001) appear to have based their measure on Thompson’s (1994) conceptualization/theory, which you can read about here.

      I hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  6. farnia

    how the scoring of Cognitive Emotion Regulation strategy Questionnaire ( SHORT 18 and original version 36 item) is carried out, as I am using this scale in my research. and i need their manual,
    Do we have to divide the total scores of adaptive emotion regulation by 10 in the 18-question form to have a score of adaptive strategies?
    please help me.

    Thank you

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Farnia,

      For both scales, you should sum the total of the responses within the subscale and divide by the total number of items within that subscale. For instance, the Acceptance subscale of the short CERQ has two items, so you would sum the total of the respondent’s scores for this subscale (which should be between 2-10) and then divide by two for a final score on this subscale.

      Does that help?

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  7. sukla guria

    i want to know the score with interpretation of Emotional Regulation Questionnaire, please help me.

    Thank you

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Sukla,

      I assume by “interpretation,” you mean values for high, medium, and low levels of the variable? It can be tricky to get this information about scoring interpretation sometimes. It tends to be more common for scales that are applied in clinical settings (e.g., the Beck Depression Inventory), but these cut-offs do not always exist outside of clinical settings. I’d say your best bet would be to reach out to the first author of the scale, Prof. James Gross, and see if they have any information on this.

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  8. kurinji joshi

    how the scoring of ERQ is carried out, as I am using this scale in my research

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Kurinji,

      You’ll find the scoring information for the ERQ here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  9. Jelly E Legaspi

    Hello! I’d like to ask if the scoring of ERQ – child version is similar to the original one? If not, can I ask where can I find the score interpretation of it? Thank you!

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Jelly,

      The ERQ-CA is very similar to the original. All its ten items match up the items in the original, but the wording has just been simplified so that a child can understand it. For example, the item, “When I want to feel more positive emotion (such as joy or amusement), I change what I’m thinking about,” becomes, “When I want to feel happier, I think about something different.”

      So yes, I imagine you can interpret and score it the same.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  10. Tasha H.

    I am looking for a scale to use in my research on Parents perception on the impact of recreation on emotional regulation in at risk youth. Which measurement would you suggest?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Tasha,

      Will you have the option to get parents or teachers (or a similar adult) to report on these changes in emotion regulation? If yes, you could use a pre- post-test design and use the emotion regulation subscale of the Social Health Profile measure. You’ll find the items here and an example of how it’s been used in such a design in Riggs et al’s (2010) study.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  11. Hannah

    Hello, Good day! I just want to ask if what is the best standardized test or erq for our research entitled “Emotional Intelligence: The effects of social media to the emotional regulation of the adolescents”. Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you and God bless!

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Hannah,

      Thanks for your question. To recommend an appropriate scale, I need to know a little more about your research design. Will you be administering the scale just once? Conducting a pre- post- study with an intervention (so, twice)? Or will you be surveying your participants multiple times a day as part of an experience sampling/diary study design?

      If you let me know this, I should be able to point you in the right direction 🙂

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  12. S.Aparna

    Hi,I am a research scholar with interest in emotional regulation in social anxiety. Guide me whether permission is required to use ERQ for research purpose. Thanks in advance.

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi S.Aparna,

      No need to get permission from the authors — you can just get the questionnaires directly from their sources and use them straightaway as they are publicly available. 🙂

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  13. Mike Levandoski

    Thank you for this wonderfully clear and salient information! Is there a chance that you know about substance use scales for adolescents — before and/or after substance use education?

    As an intern in a community agency, we provide education to area middle/high schools. Our pre and post surveys stink and I hope to spend time looking into options. (I apologize for the change in topic; just thought I’d try my luck)

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Mike,

      Sounds like you’re doing important work! What you need would probably depend on what sort of ‘change’ exactly you are trying to capture. For instance, are you trying to assess a change in understanding (e.g., about the risks of drugs) or a change in substance use, etc.

      If the latter, I’d take a look at Table 1 in this paper by Boys et al. (2001). You might be able to adapt it to ask, for example, how many times in the past month your participants have used substances for each of the listed purposes, and administer the scale once before and once after the training.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  14. Saravanan. S

    Hi, i am research scholar, would like to do research on Life skill training on emotional regulation among adolescents (aged 15-19yrs). Guide me which scale is suit for me to measure emotional regulation among adolescents… Thanks.

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Saravanan,

      There is a range of options you can choose from. You can find a list in Footnote 6 of this paper. However, the scale you pick may depend on whether you will be collecting self-reports or reports from the adolescents’ parents. If the latter, you may find the University of Miami’s Children’s Emotion Management Scales useful.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  15. Dr Nicky Greaves

    Hi Elaine,
    I’m looking for a measure for an adolescent with ASD for a piece of research – would your child scale be suitable? If so, would I be able to use it – I am a consultant clinical psychologist at a school for children with autism. Thanks for your help. Kind regards, Nicky

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Dr Greaves,

      It looks like the ERQ-CA has been used in a sample of ASD children before (see this paper by Ridderinkhof et al., 2018). Likewise, the CERQ-k has been used among this population in Schoorl et al’s (2019) paper.

      So, I suspect you’ll be okay to use either!

      Hope this helps.

      – Nicole | Community Manager


    i am interested to use for my private practice using Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS; Niven, Totterdell, Stride, & Holman, 2011). can you provide me the deals

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Sam,
      You can find the scale and its items in the original article by Niven et al. here.
      I hope this helps, and all the best with your private practice.
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  17. Trần Thị Thu Trâm

    Hello author Elaine Houston,
    Follow up this resource I am learning and doing a mini research for my graduation on the emotional regulation. I am getting all of the information and looking for a small scale to measure the EMPATHY on the participants. Can you please help me with any suggestion on the empathy scale?

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Mai,
      Here are a couple of options:
      Hogan’s 1969 Empathy scale (HES)
      Joliffe & Farrington’s 2006 Basic Empathy Scale (BES)
      I hope one of these options helps!
      – Nicole | Community Manager


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