About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing, Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Sensitivity; Arousal/Intensity; Persistence.
Description The Emotion Reactivity Scale is a 21-item self-report measure of emotion sensitivity, intensity, and persistence.
Example When something happens that upsets me, it's all I can think about it for a long time
Link https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dirk_Smits/publication/263922460_The_Dutch_Version_of_the_Emotion_Reactivity_Scale_Validation_and_Relation_with_Various_Behaviors_in_a_Sample_of_High_School_Students/links/5666970e08ae418a786f4b08.pdf

Implementation details

No. of items 21
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 12-19
Cost single purchase Free - Available
Cost per child Free - Available

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .66-.95
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA Not reported
CFA CFI= .93 (Claes et al., 2014)
Criterion validity Participants with non-suicidal self-injurious/eating disorder symptoms scored higher on ERS total score
Construct validity r= .37 (behavioural inhibition)
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Claes, L., Smits, D., & Bijttebier, P. (2014). The Dutch Version of the Emotion Reactivity Scale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 30(1), 73-79. doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000171
Nock, M.K., Wedig, M.W., Holmberg, E.B. & Hooley, J.M. (2008). The Emotion Reactivity scale: Development, evaluation, and relation to self-injurious thoughts and behaviours. Behavior Therapy, 39(2), 107-116. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2007.05.005