Differential assessment of emotions and moods: development and validation of the emotion and mood components of anxiety questionnaire

Beedie, Christopher J. and Terry, Peter C. and Lane, Andrew M. and Devonport, Tracey J. (2011) Differential assessment of emotions and moods: development and validation of the emotion and mood components of anxiety questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 50 (2). pp. 228-233. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Our research assessed whether mood and emotion can be measured as distinct constructs. Development and validation of the Emotion and Mood Components of Anxiety Questionnaire (EMCA-Q) is reported. We based the questionnaire on a subjective-contextual model of emotion-mood distinctions, which specifies that differentiation of the emotion of anxiety from an anxious mood should reflect an individual's awareness of the context in which the respective feeling states occur. In study 1, we describe the development of the 10-item, two factor EMCA-Q. In study 2, we use confirmatory factor analysis to provide support for the factorial validity of the scale. In study 3, we provide preliminary evidence of construct validity by demonstrating that students preparing to submit their thesis reported significantly higher scores of anxious emotion about their thesis than anxious mood. Findings suggested that emotion and mood might be distinguished empirically in line with theoretical predictions when subjective-contextual information used to distinguish between the two states was assessed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted Version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Elsevier).
Depositing User: Prof Peter Terry
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2011 07:07
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 06:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: affect; confirmatory factor analysis; emotion; measurement; mood; psychometric; stress; validity
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.09.034
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19172

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