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Table 2 Descriptive statistics, component loadings and internal consistency of the EAC (n = 220)

From: Emotion regulation in patients with rheumatic diseases: validity and responsiveness of the Emotional Approach Coping Scale (EAC)

Frequency %
Scale/item Missing (%) Mean (SD) Not at all A little Moderately A lot Component loadinga Cronbach's α/item-total correlation
Emotional processingb   2.84 (0.63) - - - - - 0.90
Take time to figure out 1 (0.5) 2.79 (0.77) 8 (3.6) 73 (33.2) 100 (45.5) 38 (17.3) 0.71 0.88
Delve into feelings 0 2.62 (0.83) 14 (6.4) 92 (41.8) 79 (35.9) 35 (15.9) 0.81 0.88
Validity/importance 3 (1.4) 3.28 (0.69) 6 (2.7) 17 (7.7) 105 (47.7) 89 (40.5) 0.58 0.90
Acknowledge emotions 5 (2.4) 3.32 (0.66) 0 25 (11.4) 96 (43.6) 94 (42.7) 0.46 0.90
Work on understanding 0 2.88 (0.84) 11 (5.0) 64 (29.1) 87 (39.5) 58 (26.4) 0.84 0.88
Explore emotions 2 (0.9) 2.51 (0.89) 30 (13.6) 85 (38.6) 72 (32.7) 31 (14.1) 0.80 0.88
Find way to understand 1 (0.5) 2.69 (0.84) 15 (6.8) 82 (37.3) 84 (38.2) 38 (17.3) 0.80 0.88
Look closely at reasons 0 2.72 (0.91) 20 (9.1) 72 (32.7) 79 (35.9) 49 (22.3) 0.85 0.88
Emotional expressionb   2.71 (0.63) - - - - - 0.92
Take time to express 0 2.62 (0.76) 10 (4.5) 89 (40.5) 94 (42.7) 27 (12.3) 0.62 0.91
Let feelings come out 0 2.57 (0.84) 21 (9.5) 84 (38.2) 87 (39.5) 28 (12.7) 0.79 0.91
Allow myself to express 0 2.75 (0.81) 14 (6.4) 62 (28.2) 110 (50.0) 34 (15.5) 0.85 0.90
Feel free to express 0 2.92 (0.84) 15 (6.8) 45 (20.5) 109 (49.5) 51 (23.2) 0.75 0.91
Express feelings I have 1 (0.5) 2.77 (0.74) 8 (3.6) 66 (30.0) 113 (51.4) 32 (14.5) 0.86 0.90
Find way to express 2 (0.9) 2.80 (0.72) 8 (3.6) 58 (26.4) 122 (55.5) 30 (13.6) 0.62 0.92
Let feelings out 0 2.65 (0.82) 16 (7.3) 85 (38.6) 88 (40.0) 31 (14.1) 0.87 0.90
Get feelings out 1 (0.5) 2.67 (0.77) 13 (5.9) 80 (36.4) 100 (45.5) 26 (11.8) 0.82 0.90
  1. a Emotional expression and emotional processing had eigenvalues of 7.25 and 2.79 respectively
  2. b The two EAC scales are scored from 1-4 where 4 reflects the most frequent use of EAC