Authors: Roger Baker, Peter Thomas, Sarah Thomas, Mariaelisa Santonastaso and Eimear Corrigan
Duration: 5–10 minutes to take the questionnaire. Scoring takes just 5 minutes.
Norms: A wide variety of norm groups, including: healthy community (UK), several international groups, youth offenders, chronic pain sufferers, pregnant women at 13 weeks’ gestation. Also those with various mental health issues, addictions, eating disorders etc.
Suitable For: 18+ years
The Emotional Processing Scale identifies emotional processing styles and potential deficits in adults.
The Emotional Processing Scale (EPS) is a 25-item questionnaire designed to identify emotional processing styles and potential deficits. Developed over the course of 12 years by an experienced team, the EPS is for use by clinicians working in mental health, psychological therapy and health psychology, as well as researchers interested in the emotional life of healthy individuals and other populations.
The EPS can be used to:
- Identify and quantify healthy and unhealthy styles of emotional processing;
- assess the contribution of poor emotional processing to physical, psychosomatic and psychological disorders;
- provide a non-diagnostic framework to assess patients for research or therapy;
- measure changes in emotions during therapy/counselling;
- and assist therapists in incorporating an emotional component into their formulations of psychological therapy
How the EPS works:
The EPS provides the patient with a series of 25 statements. The patient is required to rate the extent to which each of the statements applies to the way they felt or acted during the last week. Typically, the test takes just five to ten minutes to complete. The EPS uses five subscales of five items each to generate a total emotional processing score.
The subscales are:
2) Signs of unprocessed emotion;
3) Controllability of emotion;
4) Avoidance; and
5) Emotional experience.
The easy-to-use scoring sheet makes generating subscale scores and the total emotional processing score simple. The accompanying profile chart can then be used to plot the scores in comparison to the percentile scores for the healthy adult UK population. The Norms Booklet also provides a range of other comparison populations against which to compare the scores of an individual.
"an invaluable tool... an essential contribution to the modern and holistic understanding of the mind-body paradigm" - Dr Birgit Gurr, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust
"a reliable, useful and easy-to-use scale" - Man Chung, Professor at the College of Sustainable Science and Humanities, Zayed University