Computer Scoring of Emotional Awareness in a Nonclinical Population of Young Adults
Journal of Personality Assessment
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The Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS; Lane, Quinlan, Schwartz, Walker, & Zeitlin, 1990) is an open-ended measure of the ability to describe emotional reactions. Scoring the LEAS by hand is complex and time consuming (Barchard, Bajgar, Leaf, & Lane, 2010). Therefore, Program for Open-Ended Scoring (POES; Leaf & Barchard, 2010) was designed to score the LEAS quickly and easily. Using 268 undergraduates, this article compares traditional LEAS hand scoring to 6 POES methods, 2 of which are holistic methods that have never before been examined. Based on split-half reliability, correlations with measures of emotional and social intelligence, and partial correlations once response length and vocabulary were partialed out, we recommend 3 of the POES methods when testing nonclinical samples of young adults. Because POES scoring is fast and efficient, it allows more researchers and clinicians to use the LEAS, thus moving away from self-report measures of emotional awareness.
Correlation-coefficients; Concurrent validity; Depressed-patients; Alexithymia; Variables; Scale; Recognition; Reliability; Inpatients; Disorders
Psychiatry and Psychology
Barchard, K. A.,
Picker, C. J.
Computer Scoring of Emotional Awareness in a Nonclinical Population of Young Adults.
Journal of Personality Assessment, 100(1),