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date: 18 March 2019

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Behavioral assessment of emotion dysregulation involves systematic measurement of observable behavioral events and associated emotional responses. Behavioral assessment has been widely used to index the dimensions of emotional dysregulation, individual differences in emotional dysregulation, and contextual contributors to emotion dysregulation. The primary objective of this chapter is to review the range of behavioral assessment strategies commonly used for measuring emotion dysregulation. First, the chapter reviews the theoretical basis for the use of behavioral assessment strategies for evaluating emotion dysregulation processes, including both behavioral observation and standardized computerized tasks. Next, it provides an overview of the specific experimental paradigms and techniques that have been used in research. It concludes with future directions for the measurement of emotional dysregulation to contribute to the understanding of vulnerability to and maintenance of psychopathology.

Keywords: behavioral assessment, structured observation, computerized behavioral tasks, behavioral methods, analog observation tasks, naturalistic observation

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