Adolescent Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (AERQ)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Adolescent Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (AERQ) was designed to measure emotional regulation strategies.

Main constructs measured

Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Ages 12-17

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 Fee charged by developer
Credentials required for administration


Overall score reporting

No overall scores are reported.

Subscore reporting

There are four subscores:

  • Positive emotion regulation strategies
  • Negative body experiences or strategies
  • Social connection
  • Negative cognition strategies
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

Adolescents (N=364) in the Greater Edmonton (Canada) area.

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (alpha) coefficients range from 0.70 to 0.89 for the subscale scores (Kostiuk, 2011).

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
Items developed based on a literature review and then reviewed by a panel of expert judges with backgrounds in emotion regulation research (Kostiuk, 2011).
Evidence based on response processes
A small sample (N=5) of adolescents was chosen to pilot test items for clarity, readability, and comprehensibility (Kostiuk, 2011).
Evidence based on internal structure
Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses substantiated four distinct constructs (Kostiuk, 2011).
Evidence based on relations with other variables
Scores correlated significantly and in the anticipated direction with scale scores from the Beck Youth Inventories-II.
  • Positive emotion regulation strategies correlated positively with self-concept and negatively with anxiety, depression, anger and disruptive behavior scores.
  • Negative body strategies correlated positively with depression, anger and disruptive behavior scores and negatively with self-concept.
  • Social connection correlated positively with self-concept and negatively with disruptive behavior.
  • Negative cognition correlated positively with anxiety and depression (Kostiuk, 2011)/
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure

Beck, J. S. "Beck Youth Inventories-Second Edition for Children and Adolescents Manual," PsychCorp, 2005.


Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.