TitleMeasuring cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression in children: A parent-rating version of the emotion regulation questionnaire
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGunzenhauser, C, von Suchodoletz, A, McClelland, MM
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Pagination1 - 9
Date PublishedJul-10-2016

The frequency of using cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression strategies to regulate emotions has been associated with social-emotional adjustment. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the Parent-Rating Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (P-ERQ), a parent-rating version of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) in children aged five to six years. Children from Germany (N = 112) and the U.S. (N = 59) participated. Confirmatory factor analyses of P-ERQ data from Germany indicated a two-factor structure that closely reflected the factor structure of the adult ERQ with adequate scale reliabilities. Correlations with a measure of coping strategies supported the convergent validity of the P-ERQ. Cross-country measurement invariance analyses between samples from Germany and the U.S. suggested partial scalar invariance for the cognitive reappraisal subscale and metric invariance for the expressive suppression subscale. Findings provide preliminary evidence that the P-ERQ can be recommended for use in developmental research.

Short TitleEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology