The Emotion Regulation Strategies Scale is a 21-item self-reported measure of children’s methods for controlling anger and worry. Children complete a one-on-one interview to assess endorsement of emotion regulation strategies such as inhibition and expression using the 11-item Children’s Anger Management Scale (CAMS) and the 10-item Children’s Worry Management Scale (CWMS). All items are scored using a 3-point Likert scale (1 = hardly ever, 2 = sometimes, 3 = often). The CAMS is comprised of three subscales, Anger Inhibition (4 items; e.g., ‘‘I’m afraid to show my anger’’), Anger Dysregulated-Expression (3 items; e.g., ‘‘I do things like slam doors when I am mad’’), and Anger Regulation Coping (4 items; e.g., ‘‘I try to calmly deal with what is making me feel mad’’). The CWMS has three subscales that specify methods of regulating worry: Inhibition (the suppression of worry; 4 items; e.g., “I hide my worried feelings”), Dysregulation (exaggerated displays of worry; 3 items; e.g., “I keep whining about how worrried I am”), and Coping (constructive ways of managing worry; 3 items; e.g., “I keep myself from losing control of my worried feelings”).
The Emotion Regulation Strategies Scale is a self-reported measure of how children decrease their feelings of anger (Zeman, Shipman, & Penza-Clyve, 2001) and worry (Zeman, Cassano, Suveg, & Shipman, 2010). Emotion regulation in children is well established as a potential mechanism of behavior change. For example, greater dysregulated negative emotion (using anger items from the present scale) is associated with more subsequent aggressive behavior among adolescents (Herts, McLaughlin, & Hatzenbuehler, 2012), and greater reactivity to worry and anger is associated with increased eating behavior among children in second and third grade (Harrist, Hubbs-Tait, Topham, Shriver, & Page, 2013). Habitual use of different emotion regulation strategies should be studied as potential mechanisms of behavior change.
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Text Citation: Zeman, J. L., Cassano, M., Suveg, C., & Shipman, K. (2010). Initial validation of the children’s worry management scale. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19(4), 381-392.
Text Citation: Zeman, J., Shipman, K., & Penza-Clyve, S. (2001). Development and initial validation of the Children's Sadness Management Scale. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 25(3), 187-205.
Text Citation: Harrist, A. W., Hubbs-Tait, L., Topham, G. L., Shriver, L. H., & Page, M. C. (2013). Emotion regulation is related to children's emotional and external eating. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 34(8), 557-565.
Text Citation: Herts, K. L., McLaughlin, K. A., & Hatzenbuehler, M. L. (2012). Emotion dysregulation as a mechanism linking stress exposure to adolescent aggressive behavior. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 40(7), 1111-1122.
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