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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-BM-c-mq-v-5-a
Focus:
Affec: Balance (McNear's POMS) (A-BM)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on 65 questions

During the last few days, including today, did you feel:
A
Aa  tense
Ab  shaky
Ac  panicky
Ad  relaxed
Ae  uneasy
Af   restless
Ag  nervous
Ah  anxious
B
Ba  unhappy
Bb  sorry
Bc  blue
Bd   hopeless
Be  unworthy
Bf  discouraged
Bg  lonely
Bh  miserable
Bi   gloomy
Bj   desperate
Bk  helpless
Bl   worthless
Bm  terrified
Bn  guilty
C
Ca  angry
Cb  Peeved
Cc  grouchy
Cd  spiteful
Ce  annoyed
Cf   resentful
Cg  bitter
Ch  ready to fight
Ci   rebellious
Cj   deceived
Ck  furious
Cn  bad tempered
D
Da  lively
Db  active
Dc  energetic
Dd  cheerful
De  alert
Df   full of pep
Dg  carefree
Dh  vigorous
E
Ea  worn out
Eb  listless
Ec  fatigued
Ed  exhausted
Ee  sluggish
Ef   weary
Eg  bushed
F
Fa  confused
Fb  unable to concentrate
Fc  muddled
Fd  bewildered
Fe  efficient
Ff   forgetful
Fg  uncertain about things

Rating
0  not at all
1  a little
2  moderately
3  quite a bit
4  extremely

Computation: Average score on D minus average A+B+C+E+F. Positive and negative affect have equal weight in this balance score.

Name: McNear et al's Profile Of Moods Scale (POMS). The simple average score on this scale is not usable as an indicator of happiness, since it reflects mainly negative affect.