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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

Abstract

BEATRIZ OROS, Laura. A new questionnaire to assess positive emotions in children. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.2, pp.522-529. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.2.158361.

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 23 items and four dimensions: (a) joy and gratitude (a = .92), (b) serenity (a = .75), (c ) sympathy (a = .64), and (d) personal satisfaction (a = .71). The Cronbach alpha for the total scale was .90. Psychometric Study results were appropriate, with a good discriminative power of items, high internal consistency and consistent factor structure.

Keywords : Assessment questionnaire; positive emotions; children.

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