Measuring Emotion Regulation Skill Use During Treatment: A Promising Methodological Approach

Maya Nauphal, Andrew J. Curreri, Nicole D. Cardona, Emily R. Meyer, Matthew W. Southward, Shannon Sauer-Zavala

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Emotion regulation has become ubiquitous in the study of psychopathology and a growing number of treatment outcome studies are collecting data on emotion regulation skill use. However, traditional measures of emotion regulation fail to capture important nuances in emotion regulation processes, their relationship to psychopathology, and how individuals use emotion regulation skills over time and across contexts. Novel methodologies are particularly needed for measuring emotion regulation in the context of treatment studies. In this article, we discuss a proposed methodology, the combination of ecological momentary assessment (EMA), and single-case experimental design (SCED), for measuring emotion regulation strategy use in the context of treatment outcome studies. To inform this discussion, we provide a brief overview of common approaches to assessing emotion regulation skill use in the context of treatment outcome research. We then describe the utility of intensive data capture (EMA) in the context of idiographic treatment studies (SCED), present a case study to illustrate the different uses of data collected through EMA in the context of a SCED study, and discuss considerations for implementing this method in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-605
Number of pages14
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2023

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  • ecological momentary assessment
  • emotion regulation
  • single-case experimental design
  • treatment outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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