Assessment of Emotional Avoidance in Adolescents: Psychometric Properties of a New Multidimensional Measure

Sarah M. Kennedy, Jill Ehrenreich May

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Abstract

Emotional avoidance—which includes cognitive and attentional processes that function as means of avoiding or dampening emotional experiences—may be a transdiagnostic risk and maintenance factor for emotional disorders. However, existing measures generally assess separate aspects of emotional avoidance, and few multidimensional measures exist for adolescents. The aim of the current study was to establish the psychometric properties of a new multidimensional measure of emotional avoidance for adolescents--the Emotional Avoidance Strategy Inventory for Adolescents (EASI-A; Fairholme et al. 2008)--employing an exploratory structural equation modeling framework. Analyses yielded a three-factor structure for the EASI-A, including subscales measuring Avoidance of Emotion Expression, Avoidance of Thoughts and Feelings, and Distraction. Moderate correlations were observed between the EASI-A and a measure of thought suppression, and the EASI-A was significantly associated with anxiety and depression symptoms. The EASI-A is a new, psychometrically sound measure that will aid in the assessment of avoidance as a vulnerability factor for psychopathology and as an outcome and mechanism for treatments of emotional disorders in adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Nov 7 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • Avoidance
  • Depression
  • Psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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