Instrument Development

Emotion Awareness Questionnaire (EAQ)

Quick Overview

  • for children & adolescents*
  • aims to identify how they feel or think about their feelings
  • 6-factor structure, describes 6 aspects of emotional functioning: Differentiating Emotions, Verbal Sharing of Emotions, Bodily Awareness of Emotions, Acting Out Emotions, Analyses of Emotions, Attention to Others' Emotions
  • 30 items (some reversely scored)
  • item response format: 3-point scale (1 = not true, 2 = sometimes true, 3 = often true)
  • In the EAQ-30 (updated version of questionnaire), the scale Acting Out has been replaced by the scale Not Hiding

*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.

Publications about EAQ

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.


Validation of EAQ 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.

Validation of EAQ 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.

Validation of EAQ 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.

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

Validation of EAQ 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.

Validation of EAQ 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.

Validation of EAQ 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.

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 Effect of emotion awareness training on adolescents' emotion awareness skills (Unpublished master's thesis).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

Download EAQ pdfs here:

Note: Printing double-sided will form a booklet.

EAQ [Dutch]

EAQ [English]

EAQ [Farsi]

EAQ [French]

EAQ [German]

EAQ [Italian]

EAQ [Japanese]

EAQ [Romanian]

EAQ [Spanish]

EAQ [Turkish] (validating)

EAQ for boys [Urdu]

EAQ for girls [Urdu]

You can download the syntax for the EAQ here. Please note that we currently do not have norm scores or cut-off scores for our questionnaires. For more info please refer to our FAQs.