Profile of Mood States

The Profile of Mood States (POMS) is a scale used to assess transient, distinct mood states. The questionnaire contains 65 words/statements that describe the feelings people have. It measures six different dimensions of mood swings over a period of time including tension or anxiety, anger or hostility, vigour or activity, fatigue or inertia, depression or dejection, confusion or bewilderment. Each item is marked on a five-point scale from “not at all” to “extremely.”

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First used: 01 January 1970

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