Affect regulation and affective experience: Individual differences, group differences, and measurement using a Q-sort procedure

Drew Westen, Serra Muderrisoglu, James Chris Fowler, Jonathan Shedler, Danny Koren

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Abstract

This article describes the development of, and preliminary findings with, the Affect Regulation and Experience Q-Sort (the AREQ), an observer- based assessment of affect regulation and experience. In Study 1, 31 clinicians provided Q-sort descriptions of 90 patients. Factor scores correlated in predicted ways with criteria such as suicide attempts and hospitalizations, as well as with clinicians' ratings of functioning in a variety of domains. Correlations between prototype Q-sorts and actual Q-sort profiles for patients sharing a diagnosis (dysthymia, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder) also provided evidence for convergent and discriminant validity. The data also suggested the importance of distinguishing 2 kinds of negative affect that have very different correlates. Study 2 showed that the AREQ can be applied reliably using an interview that avoids many of the problems of self-report.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-439
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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