Development of Japanese version of the Emotional Contagion Scale

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  • 日本語版情動伝染尺度(the Emotional Contagion Scale)の作成
  • ニホンゴパン ジョウドウ デンセン シャクド the Emotional Contagion Scale ノ サクセイ
  • ニホンゴバン ジョウドウ デンセン シャクド the Emotional Contagion Scale ノ サクセイ

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In this study, we translated into Japanese “The Emotional Contagion Scale(ECS; Doherty, 1997)” which is to measure individual differences in susceptibility to other’s emotion, refined the factor structure, and examined the relations with empathy or mental health. Three hundred sixty three male and female undergraduates completed the questionnaire. From the results of exploratory factor analysis, ECS was composed of 4 factors; “happiness contagion”, “sadness contagion”, “anger contagion”, and “love contagion”. We also confirmed internal consistency and test-retest reliability of each factor. In addition, a confirmative factor analysis showed that a four-factor structure was a better fit than one. Moreover, the susceptibility of other’s emotion was more correlated with emotional rather than cognitive modes of empathy. While the susceptibility of other’s happiness was correlated with a good mental health, the susceptibility of other’s sadness or anger was correlated with a bad mental health. These results suggested that people who tended to be susceptible to a particular emotion was not necessarily susceptible to other emotions, and that the influence of emotional sensitivity on mental health varied with the type of emotion. Therefore, we should take into account the independence of each emotion when examining the mechanism of emotional contagion.


  • 対人社会心理学研究

    対人社会心理学研究 7 31-39, 2007


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