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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 2/2010

01-06-2010

The Affective Style Questionnaire: Development and Psychometric Properties

Auteurs: Stefan G. Hofmann, Todd B. Kashdan

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment | Uitgave 2/2010

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Abstract

Affective style is an individual difference variable that refers to tendencies for regulating emotions. The emotion research literature has consistently identified three general strategies to handle emotional reactions: some strategies are aimed at re-adjusting affect to adapt successfully to situational demands; other strategies are intended to conceal or suppress affect; and a third approach is to tolerate and accept emotions, including unwanted and aversive reactions. We conducted two studies to develop a self-report measure to assess these affective styles. In the first study (n = 434), a list of 127 items related to this construct was administered. A factor analysis supported three factors: habitual attempts to conceal or suppress affect (Concealing subscale; 8 items), a general ability to manage, adjust, and work with emotions as needed (Adjusting subscale; 7 items), and an accepting and tolerant attitude toward emotions (Tolerating subscale; 5 items). The scale showed satisfactory internal consistency. Furthermore, the respective subscales showed different patterns of relations with existing instruments measuring similar constructs. Findings were cross-validated in an independent sample (n = 495). The factor structure and results of psychometric analyses were replicated. The final 20-item Affective Style Questionnaire is a brief instrument to measure individual differences in emotion regulation.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Affective Style Questionnaire: Development and Psychometric Properties
Auteurs
Stefan G. Hofmann
Todd B. Kashdan
Publicatiedatum
01-06-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment / Uitgave 2/2010
Print ISSN: 0882-2689
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3505
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-009-9142-4