Generalized Contentment Scale (GCS)

1.    I feel powerless to do anything about mv life
2.    I feel blue
3.    I am restless and can’t keep still
4.    I have crying spells
5.    It is easy for me to relax
6.    I have a hard time getting started on things that I need to do
7.    I do not sleep well at night
8.    When things get tough‚ I feel there is always someone I can turn to
9.    I feel that the future looks bright for me
10.I feel downhearted
11.I feel that I am needed
12.I feel that I am appreciated by others
13.I enjoy being active and busy
14.I feel that others would be better off without me
15.I enjoy being with other people
16.I feel it is easy for me to make decisions
17.I feel downtrodden
18.I am irritable
19.I get upset easily
20.I feel that I don’t deserve to have a good time
21.I have a full life
22.I feel that people really care about me
23.I have a great deal of fun
24.I feel great in the morning
25.I feel that my situation is hopeless
1= Rarely or none of the time‚ 2= A little of the time‚ 3= Some of the time‚ 4= A good part of the time‚ 5= Most or all of the time
Reverse- scored items: 5‚ 8‚ 9‚ 11‚ 12‚ 13‚ 15‚ 16‚ 21‚ 22‚ 23‚ 24
This instrument can be found at:

Hudson‚ W. W. (1977). The assessment of depressive affect in clinical practice. Unpublished manuscript. Honolulu: University of Hawaii School of Social Work.

Hudson‚ W. W.‚ Proctor‚ Enola K. (1978). Assessment of depressive affect in clinical practice. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 45(6):1206-7

Hudson‚ W. W.‚ Hamada‚ R.‚ Keech‚ R.‚ & Harlan‚ J. (1980). A comparison and revalidation of three measures of depression. Unpublished manuscript. Tallahassee: Florida State University School of Social Work.

Hudson W. The WALMYR assessment scales scoring manual. WALMYR Publishing Company; Tallahassee‚ FL: 1992. Generalized Contentment Scale.