The Emotional Outburst Inventory (EMO-I)

The Emotional Outburst Inventory (EMO-I) is a brief screening tool for phasic irritability/severe emotional outbursts in youth in clinical settings.

The EMO-I assesses outburst severity, frequency, and duration. Its utility has been demonstrated in inpatient units (Margulies DM, Weintraub S, Basile J, Grover PJ, Carlson GA. Will disruptive mood dysregulation disorder reduce false diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children? Bipolar Disord. 2012 Aug;14(5):488-96.), outpatient departments (Carlson GA, Danzig AP, Dougherty LR, Bufferd SJ, Klein DN. Loss of Temper and Irritability: The Relationship to Tantrums in a Community and Clinical Sample. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2016 Mar;26(2):114-22 and Spring L, Carlson GA. The Phenomenology of Outbursts. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2021 Apr;30(2):307-319) and psychometrics (Carlson GA, Silver J, Klein DN, The Emotional Outburst Inventory (EMO-I): Rating what children do when they are irritable [in press, J Clin Psychiatry]. Republished with permission from J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol.

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