A new questionnaire to assess positive emotions in children

  • Laura Beatriz Oros Universidad Adventista del Plata-CIIPME,CONICET; Instituto Superior Adventista de Misiones. Av. Rusia 410. (3315). Villa Libertad, Leandro N. Alem, Misiones, Argentina.
Keywords: Positive emotions, assessment, questionnaire, children

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to design and validate a new instrument to measure the positive emotional experience of children 8 to 12 years of age. The pilot sample consisted of 445 children (n = 221) and girls (n = 224), with a mean age of 9.54 years (SD = 1.25), belonging to different provinces of Argentina. The final sample consisted of 1046 children (n = 540) and girls (n= 505) with an average age of 9.74 years (SD = 1.33). After being analyzed according to different parameters of validity and reliability, the final questionnaire was composed of 24 items and four dimensions: (a) joy and gratitude (α = .93), (​​b) serenity (α = .74), (​​c ) sympathy (α = .66), and (d) personal satisfaction (α = .72). The Cronbach alpha for the total scale was .95. Psychometric Study results were appropriate, with a good discriminative power of items, high internal consistency and consistent factor structure.

Author Biography

Laura Beatriz Oros, Universidad Adventista del Plata-CIIPME,CONICET; Instituto Superior Adventista de Misiones. Av. Rusia 410. (3315). Villa Libertad, Leandro N. Alem, Misiones, Argentina.
Investigadora Asistente del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Directora del Departamento de Investigación del Instituto Superior Adventista de Misiones. Docente e Investigadora de la Universidad Adventista del Plata, Entre Ríos.
Published
07-04-2014
How to Cite
Oros, L. (2014). A new questionnaire to assess positive emotions in children. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 30(2), 522-529. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.2.158361
Section
Developmental and Educational Psychology