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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-Bde-c-mq-n-5-a
Focus:
Affect: Balance (Derogatis) (A-Bde)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
numeric scale (n)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on 40 items

Lead sentence and items not reported

Positive affect dimensions
A  Joy
B  Contentment
C  Vigor
D  affection

Negative affect dimensions
E   Anxiety
F   Depression
G  Guilt
H  Hostility

Rated
0  not at all
1
2
3
4  extremely

Computation:
Positive Affects Total   (PTOT): A+B+C+D
Negative Affects Total (NTOT): E+F+G+H
Affects Balance Index (ABI)     : PTOT-NTOT/20

Name: Derogatis Affects Balance Scale, short  (DBAS)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Derogatis & Rutigliano (1996): study US 1991 Students and mental patients, USA 199? N = 338
Derogatis et al. (1979): study US 1976 Cancer patients, followed 1 year, USA, 1976-1978 N = 35