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Current Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 1503–1511 | Cite as

Psychometric Properties of Turkish Version of Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale-Brief Form (DERS-16)

  • İbrahim Yiğit
  • Melike Guzey YiğitEmail author
Article

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the factor structure of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale-Brief Form (DERS-16) in a Turkish sample. It also aimed to determine whether the factor structure of the scale was equivalent across gender. The sample consisted of 316 undergraduate students (169 females and 147 males) aged between 18 and 28 years. Participants were asked to complete the DERS-16, Brief Symptom Inventory, Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II, and Berkeley Expressivity Scale. Confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to investigate the factor structure of DERS-16, while multiple-group confirmatory factor analysis was carried out to test measurement invariance across sex. The results showed DERS-16 to exhibit robust psychometric properties, while its five-factor structure was equivalent across gender. DERS-16 scores were found to be significantly correlated with various psychological symptoms, emotional avoidance, and emotional expressivity. Furthermore, female participants scored higher than males on both overall DERS-16 and its Goals, Strategies, and Non-acceptance subscales. Taken together, these findings suggest that DERS-16 is a valid and reliable self-report measure of emotional dysregulation that exhibits cross-cultural validity in a Turkish sample.

Keywords

Emotion regulation difficulties Validity Reliability Measurement invariance DERS-16 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

On the behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of PsychologyAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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