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Title: Self-efficacy in regulating positive and negative emotions: A validation study in Germany
Authors: Gunzenhauser, Catherine ×
Heikamp, Tobias
Gerbino, Maria
Alessandri, Guido
von Suchodoletz, Antje
Di Giunta, Laura
Caprara, Gian Vittorio
Trommsdorff, Gisela #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS
Series Title: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT vol:29 issue:3 pages:197-204
Abstract: Perceived self-efficacy in emotion regulation facilitates various aspects of psychosocial adjustment. The Regulatory Emotional Self-Efficacy scale (RESE) by Caprara and Gerbino (2001) measures perceived capabilities to express positive emotions (POS) and to
manage negative emotions, namely, despondency/distress (DES) and anger/irritation (ANG). The present research investigated the validity
of the RESE scale in Germany. Study 1 investigated the factor structure and convergent validity of the scale in a sample of university students. In order to test the generalizability of findings from Study 1, in Study 2 we studied the factor structure, cross-gender invariance,
and convergent validity of a slightly revised version of the scale in a sample of parents. The previously found factor structure was successfully replicated in both samples. Partial invariance on the scalar level was confirmed across gender. All self-efficacy subscales
were positively correlated with life satisfaction and with reappraisal (a cognitive emotion regulation strategy). Suppression, a strategy of regulating emotional expression, was negatively related to POS. Findings suggest that the RESE scale is a valid instrument to assess emotion regulation self-efficacy in German-speaking samples.
ISSN: 1015-5759
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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