TYPES OF POSITIVE AFFECT SCALE

TYPES OF POSITIVE AFFECT SCALE
INSTRUCTIONS
Below are a series of words that describe different positive emotions‚ Some of these emotions relate to feeling lively‚ energized and excited‚ whereas others relate to feelings of being relaxed‚ calm and peaceful. We are interested in the degree‚ to which you commonly experience these feelings.
On the left hand side of the emotion words we would like you to rate how ch‎aracteristic these feelings are of you by using the following scale:
Not ch‎aracteristic of me=0‚ 1‚ Fairly ch‎aracteristic of me =2‚ 3‚ Very ch‎aracteristic of me =4
How characteristic?
 
0
1
2
3
4
Secure
 
 
 
 
 
Calm
 
 
 
 
 
Active
 
 
 
 
 
Laid Back
 
 
 
 
 
Lively
 
 
 
 
 
Energetic
 
 
 
 
 
Serene
 
 
 
 
 
Eager
 
 
 
 
 
Dynamic
 
 
 
 
 
Safe
 
 
 
 
 
Warm
 
 
 
 
 
Content
 
 
 
 
 
Excited
 
 
 
 
 
Adventurous
 
 
 
 
 
Tranquil
 
 
 
 
 
Peaceful
 
 
 
 
 
Enthusiastic
 
 
 
 
 
Relaxed
SCORING
Sum the items as follows:
Active positive affect
Energetic
Lively
Adventurous
Active
Enthusiastic
Dynamic
Excited
Eager
Relaxed positive affect
Relaxed
Peaceful
Calm
Tranquil
Laid back
Serene
Safe/warmth positive affect
Safe
Content
Secure
Warm
DESCRIPTION
TYPES OF POSITIVE AFFECT SCALE
The scale was developed to measure the degree to which people experience different positive emotions. Respondents are asked to rate 18 'feeling' words on a 5 point scale to indicate how ch‎aracteristic it is of them (0= 'not ch‎aracteristic of me' to 4 = 'very ch‎aracteristic of me'. Factor analysis revealed three factors or subscales‚ these are: Activating Positive Affect (e.g.  "excited"‚ "dynamic"‚ "active"); Relaxed Positive Affect e.g.‚ "relaxed"‚ "calm"‚ "peaceful") and Safeness/contentment Positive Affect (e.g.‚ "safe"‚ "secure"‚ "warm”). The scale showed good psychometric properties with Cronbach alphas of .83 for Activating Positive Affect and Relaxed Positive Affect‚ and .73 for Safeness/contentment Positive Affect.
REFERENCE

Gilbert‚ P.‚ McEwan‚ K.‚ Mitra‚ R.‚ Franks‚ L.‚ Richter‚ A. & Rockliff‚ H. (2008) 'Feeling safe and content: A specific affect regulation system? Relationship to depression‚ anxiety‚ stress‚ and self-criticism'. The Journal of Positive Psychology‚ 3‚182-191

© Gilbert‚ 2008