Two new brief versions of the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire and its relationships with depression and anxiety

  • Fco. Pablo Holgado-Tello Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
  • Pedro J. Amor Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
  • Amaia Lasa-Aristu Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
  • Fco. Javier Domínguez-Sánchez Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
  • Begoña Delgado Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
Keywords: Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, short versions, depression, anxiety


The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ) (Garnefski, et al., 2001) is a 36-item instrument for measuring cognitive strategies of emotional regulation. There is a brief, 18-item version that measures the same nine strategies as the full version (Garnefski and Kraaij, 2006a). The aim of this study was to develop a brief form of the CERQ, taking into account two different proposals: a 27-item and an 18-item instrument, the latter focusing solely on the assessment of the two general factors obtained in the second-order structure of the original CERQ model and identified in previous studies as adaptive strategies and less adaptive strategies. Participants in the study were 872 individuals aged 18-58 (mean 33.86, SD=8.43). The confirmatory factor analyses yield adequate overall indices in both versions, together with satisfactory validity. In the discussion, it is argued that the 27-item version is more appropriate for the specific rating of the nine regulation strategies people employ, and we propose the 18-item version as a suitable instrument in clinical context for an overall rating of an individual’s cognitive emotion regulation profile, furthermore, the criterion validity with depression and anxiety keeps similar to the larger versions. 

Author Biography

Fco. Pablo Holgado-Tello, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Profesor Titular de Universidad. Dpto. Metodología de las Ciencias del Comportamiento



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How to Cite
Holgado-Tello, F., Amor, P. J., Lasa-Aristu, A., Domínguez-Sánchez, F. J., & Delgado, B. (2018). Two new brief versions of the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire and its relationships with depression and anxiety. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 34(3), 458-464.
Clinical and Health Psychology