Emotion Awareness Questionnaire (EAQ)


Available in Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, Spanish, and Urdu. Arabic and Turkish will soon follow; 30 items

The Emotion Awareness Questionnaire (EAQ) was developed with the aim of identifying how children and adolescents feel or think about their feelings.The current version of the EAQ is designed with a six-factor structure describing six aspects of emotional functioning: Differentiating Emotions, Verbal Sharing of Emotions, Bodily Awareness of Emotions, Acting Out Emotions, Analyses of Emotions, Attention to Others' Emotions. The EAQ consists of a total of 30 items. In the updated version of the questionnaire, the EAQ-30, the scale Acting Out has been replaced by the scale Not Hiding.

Some items are positively formulated and thus reversely scored. Respondents are asked to rate the degree to which each item is true about them on a three-point scale (1 = not true, 2 = sometimes true, 3 = often true).
The EAQ is only for children and adolescents. To measure emotion awareness in adults, the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue) developed by K.V. Petrides and colleagues can be used. It includes emotion awareness as part of the questionnaire, and is available here for scientific purposes.

  • The first published version of the EAQ is described in: 

Rieffe, C., Meerum Terwogt, M., Petrides, K.V., Cowan, C., Miers, A.C., Tolland, A. (2007). Psychometric properties of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for children. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 95-105. 

  • The updated version of the EAQ is described in: 

Rieffe, C., Oosterveld, P., Miers, A.C., Meerum Terwogt, M., & Ly, V. (2008). Emotion awareness and internalising symptoms in children and adolescents; the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire revised. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 756-761.

  • For validation of the questionnaire in French: 

Lahaye, M., Mikolajczak, M., Rieffe, C., Villanueva, L., Van Broeck, N., Bodart, E., & Luminet, O. (2011). Cross-validation of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for children in three populations (2011). Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29, 5, 418-427.

  • For validation of the questionnaire in Spanish:

Rieffe, C., Villanueva, L., Adrián, J.E. & Górriz, A.B. (2009). Somatic complaints, mood states and emotional awareness in adolescents. Psicothema, 21, 459-464.

  • For validation of the questionnaire in Italian:

Camodeca, M. & Rieffe, C. (2013). Validation of the Italian Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for children and adolescents. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 10, 3, 402-409.

  • For validation of the questionnaire in Romanian:

Mihalca, A. M. (2015) The Emotion Awareness Questionnaire (Eaq30): A Call for Revision. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 15, 17-36.

  • For validation of the questionnaire in Japanese:

Ishizu, K., & Shimoda, Yoshiyuki. (2013). Development of the Japanese version of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for junior high school students. The Japanese Journal of Psychology, 84, 229-237.

  • For validation of the questionnaire in German:

Rueth, J.-E., Lohaus, A., & Vierhaus, M. (2019). The German version of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for children and adolescents: Associations with emotion regulation and psychosocial adjustment. Journal of Personality Assessment, 101, 434–445. Doi: 10.1080/00223891.2018.1492414.

  • For validation of the questionnaire in Farsi:

Ahandany, Z. S., Khalatbary, J., & Arya, A. R. M. (2020). Emotion awareness questionnaire: Validation and assessment of psychometric properties among children. International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research, 7(2), 133-143.

  • For the questionnaire in Turkish (validating):

İnceman, F. (2017). Effect of emotion awareness training on adolescents' emotion awareness skills (Unpublished master's thesis). Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.  


Here you can download different versions of the EAQ:

Printing double-sided will form a booklet.

Dutch version: EAQ_NL  

English version: EAQ_EN 

Farsi version: pdf

French version: EAQ_FR

German version: pdf

Italian version: EAQ_IT

Japanese version: pdf

Romanian version: pdf

Spanish version: EAQ_ES

Turkish version (validating): pdf

Urdu version: for boys pdf for girls pdf

Syntax to compute the scales: EAQ_Syntax

Please note that we currently do not have norm scores or cut-off scores for our questionnaires. Read Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
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