Factor Structure and Initial Validation of a Multidimensional Measure of Difficulties in the Regulation of Positive Emotions: The DERS-Positive

Nicole H. Weiss, Kim L. Gratz*, Jason M. Lavender

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Abstract

Emotion regulation difficulties are a transdiagnostic construct relevant to numerous clinical difficulties. Although the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) is a multidimensional measure of maladaptive ways of responding to emotions, it focuses on difficulties with the regulation of negative emotions and does not assess emotion dysregulation in the form of problematic responding to positive emotions. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a measure of clinically relevant difficulties in the regulation of positive emotions (DERS-Positive). Findings revealed a three-factor structure and supported the internal consistency and construct validity of the total and subscale scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-453
Number of pages23
JournalBehavior Modification
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 May 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • assessment
  • difficulties in emotion regulation scale
  • emotion dysregulation
  • emotion regulation
  • positive emotions

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