Emotion Regulation Checklist (ERC)

1.    Is a cheerful child.
2.    Exhibits wide mood swings (child’s emotional state is difficult to anticipate because he/she moves quickly from a positive to a negative mood.
3.    Responds positively to neutral or friendly overtures by adults
4.    Transitions well from one activity to another‚ doesn’t become angry‚ anxious‚ distressed or overly excited when moving from one activity to another.
5.    Can recover quickly from upset or distress (for example‚ doesn’t pout or remain sullen‚ anxious‚ or sad after emotionally distressing events).
6.    Is easily frustrated.
7.    Responds positively to neutral or friendly overtures by peers.
8.    Is prone to angry outbursts/tantrums easily.
9.    Is able to delay gratification.
10.Takes pleasure in the distress of others (for example‚ laughs when another person gets hurt or punished; seems to enjoy teasing others).
11.Can modulate excitement (for example‚ doesn’t get “carried away” in high energy situations or overly excited in inappropriate contexts).
12.Is whiny or clingy with adults.
13.Is prone to disruptive outbursts of energy and exuberance.
14.Responds angrily to limit setting by adults.
15.Can say when he/she is feeling sad‚ angry‚ or mad‚ fearful or afraid.
16.Seems sad or listless.
17.Is overly exuberant when attempting to engage others in play.
18.Displays flat affect (expression is vacant or inexpressive; child seems emotionally absent.
19.Responds negatively to neutral or friendly overtures by peers (for example‚ may speak in an angry tone of voice or respond fearfully.
20.Is impulsive.
21.Is empathetic toward others; shows concern when others are upset or distressed.
22.Displays exuberance that others find intrusive or disruptive.
23.Displays appropriate negative emotions (anger‚ fear‚ frustration‚ distress) in response to hostile‚ aggressive‚ or intrusive acts by peers.
24.Displays negative emotions when attempting to engage others in play.
Emotion Lability /Negativity‚ Emotion Regulation
1 = Rarely or Never‚ 2 = Sometimes ‚ 3 = Often‚ 4 = Almost Always
Emotion Regulation (1‚ 3‚ 5‚ 7‚ 9‚ 15‚ 16‚ 21) Emotion Lability /Negativity‚

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