A Rasch Model analysis of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

Ireland, Michael J. and Goh, Hong Eng and Marais, Ida (2018) A Rasch Model analysis of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire. Journal of Applied Measurement, 19 (3). pp. 258-270. ISSN 1529-7713

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The 10-item Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) was developed to measure individual differences in the
tendency to use two common emotion regulation strategies: cognitive reappraisal and suppression. The current
study examined the psychometric properties of the ERQ in a heterogeneous mixed sample of 713 (64.9% female)
community residents using the polytomous Rasch model. The results showed that the 10-item ERQ was
multidimensional and supported the two distinct factors. The reappraisal and suppression subscales were both
found to be unidimensional and fit the Rasch model. No evidence of local dependence was observed. The five
response categories also functioned as intended. Differential item functioning (DIF) was assessed across subsamples
defined by gender, self-report experiencing symptoms of mental illness, regular meditation practice, and
age groupings. No evidence emerged of items functioning differently across any of these groups. Using Rasch
measure scores, a number of meaningful group differences in person location emerged. Less use of reappraisal
was reported by younger adults, non-meditators, and those reporting experiencing symptoms of mental illness.
Non-meditators also reported greater use of suppression compared with regular meditators; no other age group,
gender, or symptomatic group differences emerged on suppression.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright© 2018.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 06:01
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 05:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion Regulation Questionnaire
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34941

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