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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-BW-md-mq-v-5-b
Focus:
Affect: Balance (Watson et al PANAS) (A-BW)
Time frame:
last day (md)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on 20 questions.

This scale consists of a number of words that describe different feelings and emotions. Read each item and mark the appropriate answer in the space next to that word. Indicate to what extend you felt this way today....?
A  nervous
B  distressed
C  afraid
D  jittery
E  irritable
F  upset
G  scared
H  exiled
I   ashamed
J   guilty
K  hostile
L  active
M  determined
N  inspired
O  enthusiastic
P  alert
Q  attentive
R  proud
S  strong
T  interested

Answer options:
1  very slightly or not at all
2  a little
3  moderately
4  quite a bit
5  extremely

Negative affect score (NAS): A to K
Positive affect score   (PAS): L to T
Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS

Name: Watson et al's PANAS ('today' version)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Balatsky & Diener (1993): study RU 1990 /1 Students, Russia, 1990 N = 116
Mean
= 4.800
Wright & Staw (1999): study US 1994 Social welfare department employees, USA, 199?, followed 4 years N = 81
Wright et al. (2004): study US 1999 Public sector supervisory personel; USA; 199? N = 45
Mean
= 1.100
Wright et al. (2004): study US 1998 Social welfare counselors, USA, 199? N = 48
Mean
= 1.600