Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Innovated Short Version of the Profile of Mood States (POMS-SV). (Psychology)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Innovated Short Version of the Profile of Mood States (POMS-SV). (Psychology)

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The Profile of Mood States (POMS) was first published in 1971 and was originally designed for measuring "current" mood states in people undergoing counseling or psychotherapy. Later, it has be en widely used to assess distinct mood states in both medical patients and normal population in general. The POMS consists of a list of 65 items that describe moods or feelings, to which the participants respond on a 5-point Likert scale that ranges from 0 (not at all) to 4 (extremely). Basically, the POMS measures six identifiable mood states: Tension-Anxiety (T), Depression-Dejection (D), Anger-Hostility (A), Vigor-Activity (V), Fatigue-Inertia (F), and Confusion-Bewilderment (C). An additional unscored dimension, Friendliness (Fr), is also included in the POMS. The administration time of the POMS was approximately 5 mm for a healthy individual. However, physically ill or otherwise compromised individuals may take up to 20 mm to complete the POMS. This imposes an undue burden on those patients or participants. The pur pose of this study was to develop a short and yet reliable version of the POMS (POMS-SV). The bilingual version (English and Chinese) of the POMS was administered to participants (N= 2,010) from Hong Kong and Beijing. …

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