The reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS-J)

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Title:
The reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS-J)
Author:
Igarashi, Tetsuya; Komaki, Gen; Lane, Richard; Moriguchi, Yoshiya; Nishimura, Hiroki; Arakawa, Hiromi; Gondo, Motoharu; Terasawa, Yuri; Sullivan, Corbet; Maeda, Motonari
Affiliation:
Department of Psychosomatic Research, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 4-1-1 Ogawa-higashi Kodaira-City, Tokyo, 187-8553, Japan; Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724-5002, USA; Centre for Advanced Research on Logic and Sensibility, Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan; Language Education and Research Center, Kyushu Sangyo University, 2-3-1 Matsukadai, Higashi Ku, Fukuoka 813-8503, Japan; College of Art and Design, Joshibi University of Art and Design, 1900 Asamizodai, Sagamihara-City, Kanagawa 228-8538, Japan
Issue Date:
2011
Publisher:
BioMed Central
Citation:
Igarashi et al. BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2011, 5:2 http://www.bpsmedicine.com/content/5/1/2
Journal:
BioPsychoSocial Medicine
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© 2011 Igarashi et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
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Abstract:
BACKGROUND:The Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS) was developed to assess five levels of emotional awareness: bodily sensations, action tendencies, single emotions, blends of emotion, and combinations of blends. It is a paper and pencil performance questionnaire that presents 20 emotion-evoking scenes. We developed a Japanese version of the LEAS (LEAS-J), and its reliability and validity were examined.METHODS:The LEAS-J level was independently assessed by two researchers who scored each response according to the LEAS scoring manual. High inter-rater reliability and internal consistency were obtained for the LEAS-J. Measures were socioeconomic status, LEAS-J, Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (TAS-20), Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), and NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI). TAS-20, IRI and NEO-FFI were the measures used to explore the construct validity of LEAS-J, as it was predicted that higher scores on the LEAS-J would be related to fewer alexithymic features, greater empathetic ability, and a greater sense of cooperation with others. Questionnaires were completed by 344 university students.RESULTS:The criterion-referenced validity was determined: a significant negative relationship was found with the externally-oriented thinking scores of TAS-20, and positive relationships were found with fantasy, perspective taking, and empathic concern on IRI and with extraversion, openness to experience, and agreeableness on NEO-FFI.CONCLUSIONS:Consistent with our expectations, the findings provide evidence that the LEAS-J has good reliability and validity. In addition, women had significantly higher scores than men on LEAS-J, showing that the gender difference identified in the original LEAS was cross-culturally consistent.
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1751-0759
DOI:
10.1186/1751-0759-5-2
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Final published version
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dc.contributor.authorIgarashi, Tetsuyaen
dc.contributor.authorKomaki, Genen
dc.contributor.authorLane, Richarden
dc.contributor.authorMoriguchi, Yoshiyaen
dc.contributor.authorNishimura, Hirokien
dc.contributor.authorArakawa, Hiromien
dc.contributor.authorGondo, Motoharuen
dc.contributor.authorTerasawa, Yurien
dc.contributor.authorSullivan, Corbeten
dc.contributor.authorMaeda, Motonarien
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-20T08:57:46Z-
dc.date.available2016-05-20T08:57:46Z-
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationIgarashi et al. BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2011, 5:2 http://www.bpsmedicine.com/content/5/1/2en
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1751-0759-5-2en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/610065-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND:The Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS) was developed to assess five levels of emotional awareness: bodily sensations, action tendencies, single emotions, blends of emotion, and combinations of blends. It is a paper and pencil performance questionnaire that presents 20 emotion-evoking scenes. We developed a Japanese version of the LEAS (LEAS-J), and its reliability and validity were examined.METHODS:The LEAS-J level was independently assessed by two researchers who scored each response according to the LEAS scoring manual. High inter-rater reliability and internal consistency were obtained for the LEAS-J. Measures were socioeconomic status, LEAS-J, Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (TAS-20), Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), and NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI). TAS-20, IRI and NEO-FFI were the measures used to explore the construct validity of LEAS-J, as it was predicted that higher scores on the LEAS-J would be related to fewer alexithymic features, greater empathetic ability, and a greater sense of cooperation with others. Questionnaires were completed by 344 university students.RESULTS:The criterion-referenced validity was determined: a significant negative relationship was found with the externally-oriented thinking scores of TAS-20, and positive relationships were found with fantasy, perspective taking, and empathic concern on IRI and with extraversion, openness to experience, and agreeableness on NEO-FFI.CONCLUSIONS:Consistent with our expectations, the findings provide evidence that the LEAS-J has good reliability and validity. In addition, women had significantly higher scores than men on LEAS-J, showing that the gender difference identified in the original LEAS was cross-culturally consistent.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.bpsmedicine.com/content/5/1/2en
dc.rights© 2011 Igarashi et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)en
dc.titleThe reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS-J)en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1751-0759en
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychosomatic Research, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 4-1-1 Ogawa-higashi Kodaira-City, Tokyo, 187-8553, Japanen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Arizona, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724-5002, USAen
dc.contributor.departmentCentre for Advanced Research on Logic and Sensibility, Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japanen
dc.contributor.departmentLanguage Education and Research Center, Kyushu Sangyo University, 2-3-1 Matsukadai, Higashi Ku, Fukuoka 813-8503, Japanen
dc.contributor.departmentCollege of Art and Design, Joshibi University of Art and Design, 1900 Asamizodai, Sagamihara-City, Kanagawa 228-8538, Japanen
dc.identifier.journalBioPsychoSocial Medicineen
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