Measur­ing Emotional Awarenes­s –  a Pilot Study of Psychometric Properties of the Czech Adaptation of the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale


Authors: M. Světlák 1,2;  T. Bernátová 1,2;  E. Pavlíková 2;  L. Winklerová 1
Authors‘ workplace: Ústav psychologie a psychosomatiky, LF MU v Brně 1;  Psychiatrická klinika LF MU a FN Brno 2
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2015; 78/111(6): 680-686
Category: Original Paper

Overview

Introduction:
Measurement of emotional awareness structure and its developmental level represents one of the key areas of neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology diagnostics in routine clinical practice or in affective neuroscience research. Level of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS) is a unique psychodiagnostic and research tool that is beyond the capabilities of commonly used questionnaires in this area.

Aim:
The aim of the present paper is to report the first experience with the Czech translation of the scale, to describe the psychological theory behind this tool and to present psychometric properties of the Czech LEAS adaptation.

Methods:
The LEAS was translated into Czech using the forward-backward translation method. Complete data were obtained from 207 Masaryk university women students (age: 22.4 ± 2.4).

Results:
Internal consistency analyses of the LEAS showed high intra-test homogeneity (Total α = 0.87; Self α = 0.76; Others α = 0.78). Reliability analysis of the LEAS parallel forms A and B has also shown good stability of the measure across time (Total 0.80; Self 0.77; Others 0.78). The mean values for the LEAS subscales were: Total 61.4 ± 8.5; Self 51.7 ± 9.2; Others 44.4 ± 10.6.

Conclusions:
The Czech adaptation of the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale shows very good psychometric properties that support its use in clinical and scientific practice. Implications for clinical and research contexts are discussed.

Key words:
emotional awareness – Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale – emotion dysregulation psychosomatic disorders – functional disorders

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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