Emotional Processing Scale

In conducting a research project into emotional processing and panic, our research team had major problems in finding an adequatewidth="350" measure of emotional processing.  Measures of emotional control, emotional regulation, emotional intelligence, frequency and intensity of emotions and alexithymia were all relevant but each only measured one aspect of processing.  We thought that if a simple self administered measure of emotional processing could be devised, it could be useful to studies looking at different types of psychotherapy.  It could also be used in experimental studies trying to understand emotional change and for basic research in emotions.  It might also be helpful for psychological therapists and counsellors seeking to formulate clients' problems in terms of psychological coping mechanisms rather than diagnostic categories.  From 2000 to 2012 we sought to develop such a simple but psychometrically sound measure of emotional processing called the 'emotional processing scale'.

 The two main references to the scale are;

Development of an emotional processing scale
Roger Baker, Sarah Thomas, Peter W Thomas, Matthew Owens
Journal of Psychosomatic Research 62 (2007) 167-178

The Emotional Processing Scale: Scale refinement and abridgement (EPS-25)
Roger Baker, Sarah Thomas, Peter W Thomas, Phil Gower, Mariaelisa Santonastaso, Anna Whittlesea
Journal of Psychosomatic research 68 (2010) 83-88

The Emotional Processing Scale will be obtainable from a psychological test publising company (details to follow) .

At the moment it is only available for research purpose (see collaborative research)

Practical information about the scale can be found in the Emotional Processing Information booklet (downloadable).


Click below to link to:

  What does EPS measure?
  The development of the EPS?


"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be"

Lord Kelvin 1889