Children's evaluation of everyday social encounters questionnaire -- short form validation
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The main goal of the current study was to validate a short form of the Children's Evaluation of Everyday Social Encounters Questionnaire (ChEESE-Q). In order to do this, we administered a two-vignette version of the ChEESE-Q (i.e., ChEESE-Q SF) to an independent sample of grade-school children (N=241), along with measures of various adjustment indicators, affect, and emotion regulation. Results indicated that the ChEESE-Q SF fit the same 3-factor structure as the original ChEESE-Q, with each factor-based subscale being invariant across grade and gender. Results also indicated that the ChEESE-Q could not only be shortened at the vignette level, but it could be shortened at the item level as well, and maintain excellent model fit with the same three factor structure. The ChEESE-Q SF also demonstrated acceptable internal consistency and test-retest reliability. In terms of validity, the ChEESE-Q SF subscales correlated with related constructs in expected directions. Specifically, negative information processing was associated with higher anxious and depressive symptomology, as well as higher negative affect. Positive information processing was associated with lower depressive symptomology, and higher positive affect. This study also demonstrated that negative information processing is associated with more aggressive and delinquent behavior and with maladaptive emotion regulation (i.e., inhibition and dysregulation strategies). Positive information processing is associated with more adaptive emotion regulation (i.e., coping strategies. Implications for future research and interventions utilizing the ChEESE-Q SF are discussed.
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