Measurement Invariance and Convergent Validity of Anger and Sadness Self-Regulation Among Youth From Six Cultural Groups

Laura Giunta, Anne Marie R. Iselin, Nancy Eisenberg, Concetta Pastorelli, Maria Gerbino, Jennifer E. Lansford, Kenneth A. Dodge, Gian Vittorio Caprara, Dario Bacchini, Liliana Maria Uribe Tirado, Eriona Thartori

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Abstract

The present study examined measurement invariance and convergent validity of a novel vignette-based measure of emotion-specific self-regulation that simultaneously assesses attributional bias, emotion-regulation, and self-efficacy beliefs about emotion regulation. Participants included 541 youth–mother dyads from three countries (Italy, the United States, and Colombia) and six ethnic/cultural groups. Participants were 12.62 years old (SD = 0.69). In response to vignettes involving ambiguous peer interactions, children reported their hostile/depressive attribution bias, self-efficacy beliefs about anger and sadness regulation, and anger/sadness regulation strategies (i.e., dysregulated expression and rumination). Across the six cultural groups, anger and sadness self-regulation subscales had full metric and partial scalar invariance for a one-factor model, with some exceptions. We found support for both a four- and three-factor oblique model (dysregulated expression and rumination loaded on a second-order factor) for both anger and sadness. Anger subscales were related to externalizing problems, while sadness subscales were related to internalizing symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-502
Number of pages19
JournalAssessment
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

Keywords

  • attribution bias
  • cross-cultures
  • emotion regulation
  • measurement invariance
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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    Giunta, L., Iselin, A. M. R., Eisenberg, N., Pastorelli, C., Gerbino, M., Lansford, J. E., Dodge, K. A., Caprara, G. V., Bacchini, D., Uribe Tirado, L. M., & Thartori, E. (2017). Measurement Invariance and Convergent Validity of Anger and Sadness Self-Regulation Among Youth From Six Cultural Groups. Assessment, 24(4), 484-502. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191115615214