Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Emotion Dysregulation Inventory

  • Carla A. MazefskyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102226-1




The Emotion Dysregulation Inventory (EDI) is a caregiver questionnaire that assesses poor emotion regulation and is validated for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It was created using methods developed by the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®). The EDI items were developed based on an iterative process that included caregiver input. The EDI response options ask caregivers to rate each item on a 5-point Likert scale from “not at all” to “very severe” for observed functioning over the past 7 days. Caregivers of 1755 youth with ASD completed 66 candidate EDI items, and the final 30 items were selected based on classical test theory and item response theory (IRT) analyses. The analyses identified two factors: (1) Reactivity, characterized by intense, rapidly escalating, sustained, and poorly modulated negative emotional reactions, and (2) Dysphoria, characterized by anhedonia, sadness, and nervousness. The final items did...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA