The Mood and Anxiety Symptom Questionnaire

Citations: 1. Watson, D., & Clark, L. A. (1991). The mood and anxiety symptom questionnaire. Unpublished manuscript, University of Iowa, Department of Psychology, Iowa City.

2. Watson, D., et al., Testing a tripartite model: I. Evaluating the convergent and discriminant validity of anxiety and depression symptom scales. J Abnorm Psychol, 1995. 104(1): p. 3-14.

PMID or DOI: PMID: 7897050

Main positive psychological well-being construct measured: Positive affect

Sub-constructs measured: N/A

Available subscales: N/A

Description: The MASQ was designed to assess symptoms of general distress using a tripartite model, dividing symptoms into 3 groups: symptoms of nonspecific general distress, symptoms specific to depression and symptoms specific to anxiety. The High Positive Affect subscale measures more specifically positive emotional experiences, as it appears valuable to assess high positive affect directly rather than measuring only low levels of it, because these high-end items tend to be purer indicators of the positive psychological well-being dimension.

Number of items in the subscale: 24

Example of statement/item: “Indicate to what extent you have felt good about yourself during the past week, including today.”

Response options: 5-point Likert scale ranging from 1“not at all” to 5 “extremely”.

Total score: Items are summed, yielding a range from 24 to 120. Higher scores indicate greater levels of positive affect.

Examples of studies:

1. Morozink, J.A., et al., Socioeconomic and psychosocial predictors of interleukin-6 in the MIDUS national sample. Health Psychol, 2010. 29(6): p. 626-35.

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