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Emotion Regulation Questionnaire for Cross-Gender Measurement Invariance in Chinese University Students

Authors
  • Zhang, Ying1, 2, 3
  • Bian, Yufang1, 2, 3
  • 1 Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment toward Basic Education Quality, Beijing Normal University, Beijing , (China)
  • 2 Institute of Mental Health and Education, Beijing Normal University, Beijing , (China)
  • 3 Child and Family Education Research Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Nov 04, 2020
Volume
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.569438
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Psychology
  • Original Research
License
Green

Abstract

ObjectivesEmotion regulation has been extensively studied in various areas of psychology. The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) was developed to assess two specific constructs associated with emotion control—cognitive reappraisal and expression suppression (Gross and John, 2003). The instrument displayed sound psychometric properties; however, to date, inquiry regarding the measure’s characteristics has been limited. This study aims to measure cross-gender invariance [measurement invariance (MI)] in Chinese undergraduates using the ERQ. MethodsThis study measured the psychometric properties of the ERQ in a sample of 847 Mainland China undergraduates (401 males and 446 females) through confirmatory factor analysis. The tests of MI were used to examine potential structural differences based on gender. ResultsThe findings supported the measure’s original structure with all demographic groups and demonstrated exceptional fit. Additional normative data for gender and ethnic groups are included as well. The results also supported the use of the instrument in future research. ConclusionThe two-factor structure in the ERQ establishes a cross-gender equivalence between males and females in Chinese college students. This study supports the use of the instrument in future research.

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