alexa Cultural adaptation of the difficulties in emotion regulation scale: reliability and validity of an Italian version.


Abnormal and Behavioural Psychology

Author(s): Giromini L, Velotti P, de Campora G, Bonalume L, Cesare Zavattini G

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of an Italian version of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS; Gratz & Roemer, 2004). METHOD: Three studies were completed. First, factorial structure, internal consistency, and concurrent validity of our Italian version of the DERS were examined with a sample of 323 students (77\% female; mean age 25.6). Second, test-retest analyses were completed using a different sample of 61 students (80\% female; mean age 24.7). Third, the scores produced by a small clinical sample of participants (N = 38; mean age = 24.2) affected by anorexia, binge eating disorder, or bulimia were compared to those of an age-matched, nonclinical female sample (N = 38; mean age = 24.7). RESULTS: The factorial structure replicated quite well the six-factor structure proposed by Gratz and Roemer. The internal consistency and test-retest reliability were adequate and comparable to previous findings. The validity was good, as indicated by both the concurrent validity analysis and the clinical-nonclinical sample comparison. CONCLUSIONS: These studies provide further support for the multidimensional model of emotion regulation postulated by Gratz and Roemer and strengthen the rationale for cross-cultural utilization of the DERS. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This article was published in J Clin Psychol and referenced in Abnormal and Behavioural Psychology

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