The goal of this research was to examine the measurement invariance of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross & John, 2003) across two European nations. Participants were Italian and German undergraduate students. First, confirmatory factor analysis was used to test for the two-factor structure of the ERQ; subsequently, measurement invariance was analysed. The results showed acceptable fit indices for the German and Italian sample; however, results with regard to the Italian sample showed lower fit indices than results regarding the German one. Measurement invariance of the ERQ across Italy and Germany was confirmed. Despite the fact that we assumed measurement invariance of the ERQ, future research is needed to deal with the lower fit regarding the Italian version.

Sala, M. N., Molina, P., Abler, B., Kessler, H., Vanbrabant, L., & Van de Schoot, R. (2012). Measurement invariance of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ). A cross-national validity study. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9(6), 751-757. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2012.690604

The current paper was written as part of a writing week organized by the young researchers of the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP).