Interview on Emotional Experience


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).

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyB
Scored Dataset Name: IEEySCc


Affective Response, Worry, Anger, Happiness, Sadness