Actualidades en Psicología ISSN Impreso: 0258-6444 ISSN electrónico: 2215-3535

Measuring Emotion Understanding with the Rasch Model
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Construcción de ítems
comprensión emocional
diferencias sexuales
formato de respuesta
modelo de Rasch
Emotion understanding
item construction
gender differences
Rasch model
response format.

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Delgado, A. R. (2016). Measuring Emotion Understanding with the Rasch Model. Actualidades En Psicología, 30(120), 47–56.


The aim of this study was to construct emotion understanding items from the Rasch Model approach by
experimenting through comparison between verbal /image response format. The participants were 204 subjects from a Spanish community sample. A randomized experiment was carried out to test the effect of response format (verbal/image) and participants’ gender on the emotion understanding Rasch measurements. The effect on item difficulty of the social distance (close/far) was also contrasted. No interaction effect was found. Response format had a significant effect on measurement regardless of gender: the verbal response format was easier than the image one. There were significant gender differences on emotion understanding favoring women. Items describing situations with close receivers were significantly easier than the items showing far recipients.
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