Development of a questionnaire measure of emotional control

J Psychosom Res. 1983;27(4):299-305. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(83)90052-1.


A questionnaire measure of emotional control was developed to evaluate the extent to which individuals report controlling anger, anxiety and depressed mood. Scale items were derived from responses to semi-structured clinical interviews with patients who were awaiting breast biopsy. Internal consistency and test-retest reliability data are reported, as well as correlations with the Marlowe-Crowne, the Spielberger State-Trait Personality Inventory, the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire and the Bortner Type A Behavior Scale. Although intended for use with breast cancer patients this scale is envisaged to have wider application to other clinical populations.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anger
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Coronary Disease / psychology
  • Depression / psychology
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Psychometrics