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Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 4/2011

An Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Affective Control Scale in an Undergraduate Sample

Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment > Uitgave 4/2011
Stephen E. Melka, Steven L. Lancaster, Andrew R. Bryant, Benjamin F. Rodriguez, Rebecca Weston


A considerable amount of clinical research interest has recently developed regarding emotion dysregulation and psychopathology. Many have suggested that distinct affective management deficits may characterize anxiety and mood pathology. Despite increased research attention, efforts to validate and sufficiently investigate the psychometric properties of many self-report measures of affect regulation have been lacking. The current study examined the response behavior of 1566 undergraduate participants who completed the Affective Control Scale (ACS). The ACS assesses fear of intense emotion, and it is frequently used in empirical research. The present investigation examined the structural qualities of the measure using exploratory and confirmatory factor analytic techniques. Findings suggest the original four rationally-derived subscales do not adequately fit the observed response patterns. Rather, results indicated that a five-factor solution that included a subscale measuring emotion mismanagement better represented response behavior. Additional normative data and bivariate correlations with other measures of emotion regulation and affect are presented.

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