Journal article

The measurement of mood states in older adults.

SJ Gibson

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci | Published : 1997


This study examined the reliability and validity of the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire when administered to 479 community-dwelling older adults. Factor analysis replicated the original factor structure identified in young-adult samples, suggesting that older adults adopt the same underlying constructs of mood when responding to the POMS. There was strong support for concurrent validity, and this instrument was able to discriminate between healthy adults and patients with known mood disturbance. Excellent internal consistency of POMS subscales and very good retest reliability were noted. A significant age-related decline in self-reported mood states emphasizes the need for age-sp..

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