Factor structure and correlates of the Mandarin version of the Managing the Emotions of Others (MEOS) scale

Donald H. Saklofske, Elizabeth J. Austin*, Gonggu Yan, Martin M. Smith

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Abstract

The English-language version of the Managing the Emotions of Others (MEOS) scale has been found to have a six-factor structure. This includes two pairs (Enhance, Divert and Worsen, Inauthentic) that respectively describe prosocial and non-prosocial interpersonal emotion management, together with an emotional concealment factor (Conceal) and a factor assessing poor self-rated emotional skills. A Mandarin translation of the MEOS was completed by 277 Chinese student participants. Factor analysis indicated a four-factor structure comprising a merged Enhance/Divert factor, together with Worsen, Inauthentic and Conceal factors. The emergence of a different factor structure compared to Western samples may be related to culture-dependent attitudes to emotional expression. The associations of the MEOS factors with Five-Factor model personality, the Dark Triad and trait emotional intelligence (EI) were examined; these were similar to but generally weaker than those found for the English-language version.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Early online date11 Feb 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Emotion regulation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Factor analysis

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