Development and validation of the Brief-Mentalized Affectivity Scale: Evidence from cross-sectional online data and an urban community-based mental health clinic

David M. Greenberg, Sasha Rudenstine, Rozita Alaluf, Elliot L. Jurist

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Abstract

Objective: To develop and validate the Brief-Mentalized Affectivity scale (B-MAS), a shorter version of the Mentalized Affectivity Scale (MAS). Methods: In Study 1 (N = 978), participants from Amazon's Mechanical Turk were administered a battery of questionnaires including the B-MAS and traditional emotion regulation measures. In Study 2 (N = 230), clients from a community clinic completed a separate battery of measures, including the B-MAS, and personality and emotion regulation measures. Results: There were four main findings: (1) the B-MAS is a psychometrically robust measure of emotion regulation and mentalization; (2) scores on the B-MAS are highly predictive of many clinical diagnoses; (3) scores on the B-MAS are just as or more predictive of wellbeing than traditional emotional regulation measures; and (4) as observed in an urban clinic with a diverse population, the B-MAS is useful clinically, especially because of its brevity. Conclusion: The B-MAS contributes to the expanding scope of research on emotion regulation and has valuable clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2638-2652
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume77
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

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Funding

DMG was funded in part by the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program. This study was supported in part by a scholarship from the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York. We are grateful to Gülşen Kaynar, İpek Şenkal, Nağme Kasmer, I Wang, Michael Perez Sosa, and George Cedeno for important discussions on this topic and data preparation.

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Department of Psychology at the City College of New York

    Keywords

    • emotion regulation
    • mentalization
    • mentalized affectivity
    • psychometrics
    • wellbeing

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