Interview on Emotional Experience

Abstract: The Interview on Emotional Experience is a 22-item measure given to children as part of the summer interview for the first four years of the study. The measure focuses on four emotions-happiness, sadness, anger, and worry/nervousness. For each emotion, the child is asked several questions about the emotion and the interviewer then codes the child's responses. The interviewer prompts the child for two responses and codes each response as one of the following: no response (0), physically aggressive (1), verbally aggressive (2), avoidant/passive (3), affective display (4), communication with adult (5), communication with peer (6), self-control (7), prosocial (8), or doing things/other (9). A number of scores and several scales are calculated as part of this measure. Only the first response to each question are considered in the analyses of this instrument, even though the child is asked for and prompted for two responses to each question. Several scales are created by summing together two of the category scores and taking their mean. The scales include the Aggression Scale (Physical Aggression Score + Verbal Aggression Score), the Communication Scale (Communicates with Adults Score + Communicates with Peers Score), and the Positive Response Scale (Prosocial Score + Self-Control Score). These three scales have a range of 0 to 7. Analysts should note that three scores showed a normal distribution for both the normative and the high-risk samples: the Positive Response Scale, the Do Nothing Score, and the Prosocial Score. The Appropriateness Score and the Appropriateness Score Standardized were negatively skewed for both samples. All of the other scores were positively distributed for both the normative and the high-risk samples. A number of scores showed floor effects. They included: the Physical Aggression Score (with 68% of the high-risk sample and 72% of the normative sample scoring a 0), the Verbal Aggression Score (with 85% of the high-risk sample and the 89% of the normative sample scoring a 0), the Affective Display Score (with 70% of the high-risk sample and 64% of the normative sample scoring a 0), the Communicates with Peers (with 87% of the high-risk sample and 88% of the normative sample scoring a 0), and the Self-Control Score (with 90% of the high-risk sample and 87% of the normative sample scoring a 0). The Aggression Scale also had floor effects for both samples. For the high-risk sample, 59% of the sample scored a 0.0 on the scale, while 87% of the total sample scored 0.5 or lower. For the normative sample, 64% scored 0.0 while a total of 93% of the sample scored 0.5 or lower. One score, the Appropriateness Score, showed a ceiling effects with 63% of the normative sample and 60% of the high-risk sample scoring a 4. In addition, the means for the items in the Appropriateness Score were very close to 2.0 (the highest possible mean for an appropriateness item). In addition, it needs to be noted that a number of items in the scales and scores had a zero variation. Scales and scores affected by the zero variation for some items include the Aggression Scale (high-risk sample), the Positive Response Scale (high-risk and normative samples), the Physical Aggression Score (high-risk sample), the Verbal Aggression Score (high-risk sample), and the Self-Control Score (high-risk and normative samples).

Who Completed this Measure?: select one

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: CyB

Scored Dataset Name: IEEySCc

Affective Response, Anger, Happiness, Sadness, Worry

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

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Measure Items and Scales:

TCID Study ID Number
SITE Site, Specified in Program
C1BEX1 EMO. EXP. Item 1
C1BEX2 EMO. EXP. Item 2
C1BEX3 EMO. EXP. Item 3
C1BEX4 EMO. EXP. Item 4
C1BEX5 EMO. EXP. Item 5
C1BEX6 EMO. EXP. Item 6
C1BEX7 EMO. EXP. Item 7
C1BEX8 EMO. EXP. Item 8
C1BEX9 EMO. EXP. Item 9
C1BEX10 EMO. EXP. Item 10
C1BEX11 EMO. EXP. Item 11
C1BEX12 EMO. EXP. Item 12
C1BEX13 EMO. EXP. Item 13
C1BEX14 EMO. EXP. Item 14
C1BEX15 EMO. EXP. Item 15
C1BEX16 EMO. EXP. Item 16
C1BEX17 EMO. EXP. Item 17
C1BEX18 EMO. EXP. Item 18
C1BEX19 EMO. EXP. Item 19
C1BEX20 EMO. EXP. Item 20
C1BEX21 EMO. EXP. Item 21
C1BEX22 EMO. EXP. Item 22
C1Bex1z Emo. Exp. Item 1 Standardized
C1Bex5z Emo. Exp. Item 5 Standardized
C1Bex11z Emo. Exp. Item 11 Standardized
C1Bex17z Emo. Exp. Item 17 Standardized
IEE1ASCz Appropriateness Score Standardized Y1
IEE1ASC Appropriateness Score IEE Y1
IEE1NRS No Response score IEE Y1
IEE1PAG Physical Agg score IEE Y1
IEE1VAG Verbal Agg score IEE Y1
IEE1APS Avoidant/Passive score IEE Y1
IEE1ADS Affective Display score IEE Y1
IEE1CWA Comm w/Adults score IEE Y1
IEE1CWP Comm w/Peers score IEE Y1
IEE1SCS Self-Control score IEE Y1
IEE1PSS Prosocial score IEE Y1
IEE1DNS Do Nothing score IEE Y1
IEE1AGG Aggression Scale IEE Y1
IEE1COM Communication Scale IEE Y1
IEE1PRS Positive Response Scale IEE Y1