Emotion Regulation Index for Children and Adolescents (ERICA)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Emotion Regulation Index for Children and Adolescents (ERICA) is a self-report measure of emotion regulation suitable for use with adolescents.

Main constructs measured

Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Adolescents and children ages nine and above.

Publication year for the most recent version


Year originally developed


Related measures
Measure Administration


Method of administration


Number of items


Item format

Five-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Available languages


Fee for use Access may be limited or unavailable
Credentials required for administration


Overall score reporting

A total ERICA score is reported.

Subscore reporting

There are three subscores:

  • Emotional Control
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Situational Responsiveness
Scoring procedures

The measure is self-scored.

Interpretive information

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Evidence of Technical Quality
Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected

Children and adolescents (N=1,389) 9-16 years old in 15 primary schools and nine secondary schools located in Melbourne, Australia.

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (alpha) estimates ranged from 0.60 to 0.73 for the subscale scores. Overall score had an estimated reliability of 0.75 (MacDermott et al, 2010). Test-retest reliability (four week interval) ranged from 0.64 to 0.76 for the subscales and was 0.77 for the overall score.

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
Items were adapted from a previously developed measure (Biesecker & Easterbrooks, 2001).
Evidence based on response processes
Items were revised by researchers and language was simplified to be developmentally appropriate for children as young as nine years of age (MacDermott et al, 2010).
Evidence based on internal structure
Confirmatory factor analysis was used to identify and substantiate a three-factor model. There were significant mean differences in scores by age (primary students scored higher than secondary students) and gender (female students scored higher than male students) (MacDermott et al, 2010).
Evidence based on relations with other variables
ERICA total scores correlated with measures of guilt, empathy and perceived parental care, and negatively correlated with shame, depression, and perceived parental overprotection (MacDermott et al, 2010).
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure link.springer.com

MacDermott, S. T., Gullone, E., Allen, J. S., King, N. J., & Tonge, B. "The emotion regulation index for children and adolescents (ERICA): a psychometric investigation," Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2010, pp. 301–314.

Biesecker, G. E., & Easterbrooks, M. A. "Emotion Regulation Checklist for Adolescents." Adapted from Shields, A.M. & Cicchetti, D. (1997), Unpublished manuscript, Tufts University, 2001.


Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.