The Emotional Dysregulation Questionnaire

development and comparative analysis

Duncan Gill*, Wayne Warburton, Naomi Sweller, Ken Beath, Peter Humburg

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Objectives: A widely used measure of emotion dysregulation, the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS), may insufficiently cover a number of potentially important aspects of emotional dysregulation. A new measure of emotional dysregulation, the Emotional Dysregulation Questionnaire (EDQ) was therefore developed based upon an eight-factor model of the construct. Design and Method: The DERS and the EDQ were administered to a community sample (N = 362; 183 female, 179 male), along with a number of measures of psychopathology associated with emotional dysregulation. The capacity of the EDQ and the DERS to account for the emotional dysregulation associated with these different types of psychopathology was then compared. Results: In several of the psychopathologies examined, the EDQ could account for more variation than the DERS, suggesting that it more comprehensively assessed the emotion regulation deficits associated with these issues. Conclusions: Results suggest the EDQ possesses several advantages relative to the DERS, allowing for a more comprehensive and accurate assessment of emotional dysregulation. Practitioner points: Emotional dysregulation is a common component of many psychological disorders. The Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale is one of the primary self-report measures used to asses these difficulties, however, concerns exist that it may not comprehensively assess the construct of emotional dysregulation. A new self-report measure of comparable length, the Emotional Dysregulation Questionnaire has been developed, with this new measure possessing several advantages relative to the DERS with regard to the assessment of emotional dysregulation. The use of this measure in clinical practice may more accurately identify the emotion regulation deficits present in clients.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages38
JournalPsychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2020


  • assessment
  • Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale
  • emotional dysregulation
  • Emotional Dysregulation Questionnaire

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