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Development of an emotional processing scale.
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PMID:  17270575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to report on the development and preliminary psychometric evaluation of an emotional processing scale, a 38-item self-report questionnaire designed to identify emotional processing styles and deficits. METHODS: An initial item pool derived from a conceptual model and clinical observations was piloted on clinical and community samples (n=150). The resulting 45-item scale was administered to patients with psychological problems, psychosomatic disorders, and physical disease, and to healthy individuals (n=460). Exploratory factor analysis was used to explore the underlying factor structure. RESULTS: Maximum likelihood factor analysis yielded an eight-factor solution relating to styles of emotional experience (Lack of Attunement, Discordant, and Externalized), mechanisms controlling the experience and expression of emotions (Suppression, Dissociation, Avoidance, and Uncontrolled), and signs of inadequate processing (Intrusion). Internal reliability was moderate to high for six of eight factors. Preliminary findings suggested satisfactory convergent validity. DISCUSSION: Overall, the psychometric properties of this scale appear promising. Work is in progress to refine the scale by incorporating additional items and by conducting further psychometric evaluations on new samples.
Roger Baker; Sarah Thomas; Peter W Thomas; Matthew Owens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic research     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0022-3999     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Res     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-02     Completed Date:  2007-05-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376333     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  167-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dorset Research and Development Support Unit, Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  therapy
Expressed Emotion*
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  therapy
Reproducibility of Results
Severity of Illness Index
Time Factors
Visual Perception*

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