Family Expressiveness Questionnaire (FEQ)

1.    Showing forgiveness to someone who broke a favorite possession.
2.    Thanking family members for something they have done.
3.    Exclaiming over a beautiful day.
4.    Showing contempt for another’s actions.*
5.    Expressing dissatisfaction with someone else’s behavior.*
6.    Praising someone for good work.*
7.    Expressing anger at someone else’s carelessness.*
8.    Sulking over unfair treatment by a family member.*
9.    Blaming one another for family troubles.*
10.Crying after an unpleasant disagreement.
11.Putting down other people’s interests.*
12.Showing dislike for someone.*
13.Seeking approval for an action.
14.Expressing embarrassment over a stupid mistake.
15.Going to pieces when tension builds up.*
16.Expressing exhilaration after an unexpected triumph.
17.Expressing excitement over one’s future plans.*
18.Demonstrating admiration.*
19.Expressing sorrow when a pet dies.
20.Expressing disappointment over something that didn’t work out.*
21.Telling someone how nice they look.*
22.Expressing sympathy for someone’s troubles.*
23.Expressing deep affection or love for someone.*
24.Quarreling with a family member.*
25.Crying when someone leaves.
26.Spontaneously hugging a family member.*
27.Expressing momentary anger over a trivial irritation.*
28.Expressing concern for the success of other family members.
29.Apologizing for being late.
30.Offering to do somebody a favor.
31.Snuggling up to a family member.*
32.Crying for being punished.
33.Trying to cheer up someone who is sad.*
34.Telling a family member how hurt you are.
35.Telling a family member how happy you are.*
36.Threatening someone.*
37.Criticizing someone for being late.
38.Expressing gratitude for a favor.*
39.Surprising someone with a little gift or favor.*
40.Saying “I’m sorry” when one realizes one was wrong.
(*) indicates the item is suggested for the short scales (Halberstadt et al‚ 1995)
Positive-Dominant (PD)‚ Positive-Submissive (PS)‚ Negative-Dominant (ND)‚ and Negative-Submissive (NS)
PD = .87‚ PS = .88‚ ND = .88‚ NS = .75. Test-retest reliability coefficients for a 10-day interval were PD = .92‚ PS = .91‚ ND = .91‚ NS = .89.
1 “Not at all frequently” to 9 “Very frequently”
Positive-Dominant (1‚ 6‚ 16‚ 17‚ 18‚ 23‚ 26‚ 28‚ 33‚ 39)‚ Positive-Submissive (2‚ 3‚ 13‚ 21‚ 22‚ 30‚ 31‚ 35‚ 38‚ 40)‚ Negative-Dominant (4‚ 5‚ 7‚ 9‚ 11‚ 12‚ 24‚ 27‚ 36‚ 37)‚ and Negative-Submissive (8‚ 10‚ 14‚ 15‚ 19‚ 20‚ 25‚ 29‚ 32‚ 34)

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