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Psychometric Properties of the Behavioral Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

Shahrbanoo Ghahari, Sara Aliyari Gezaz, Amir Hossein Mohammadi, Samira Masoumian and Mitra Zahiriyan Moghadam


Published: 2022/09/01


Background: This study was conducted in Tehran with the aim of investigating the psychometric properties of the Behavioral Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (BERQ). Method: The present study uses a cross-sectional design with a convenience sample of students in Tehran. Criteria for entering the study included ages 18 to 50, education with at least a diploma, and willingness to cooperate in this research. Participants completed the Behavioral Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (BERQ) and Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ), Depression, Anxiety and Stress – 21 (DASS-21), and Symptom Check List – revised (SCL-90-R). Formal and content validity, test-retest reliability, and Cronbach’s alpha were determined. Results: The results of the present study confirm the formal and content validity of the BERQ. BERQ was strongly correlated with CERQ and the scale of behavioral inhibition / activation systems, indicating relatedness of the measured constructs. Standardized Cronbach’s alpha of BERQ subscales (Seeking distraction, Withdrawal, Actively approaching, Seeking social support, Ignoring) was .71, .92, .84, .80 and .86 respectively, which confirms the internal reliability of the scale. Conclusion: The Persian version of the Behavioral Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (BERQ) is a tool with appropriate validity and reliability in Iran. Key Words: Reliability, Validity, Behavioral Regulation Questionnaire, Emotion

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