About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Subscales Positive affect (PA); Negative affect (NA)
Description A child friendly version of the PANAS which measures mood. Parent version also available (see link).
Example In the past week, to what extent have you felt… interested
Link https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/91559/leahhope_3.pdf?sequence=1

Implementation details

No. of items 20
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 8-14
Cost single purchase Free
Cost per child Free

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .87-.94
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 2-factor orthogo
CFA 2-factor correlated model
SB-Chi-square(323)= 1151.67
RMSEA= .07
CFI= .85
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Positive Affect was significantly negatively related to State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children, r= -.30 and Children's Depression Inventory, r= -.55; Significant relationships were found with personality variables: Positive Affect correlated with Extraversion, r= .41; Negative Affect correlated with Neuroticism r= .45 as measured by the Eysenck personality Questionnaire-Junior
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Ebesutani, C., Okamura, K., Higa-McMillan, C., & Chorpita, B. F. (2011). A psychometric analysis of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule for Children–Parent Version in a school sample. Psychological Assessment, 23(2), 406–416. doi:10.1037/a0022057.
Laurent, J., Catanzaro, S. J., Joiner, T. E., Rudolph, K. D., Potter, K. I., Lambert, S., … Gathright, T. (1999). A measure of positive and negative affect for children: Scale development and preliminary validation. Psychological Assessment, 11(3), 326–338. doi:10.1037/1040-3590.11.3.326
Wilson, K., & Gullone, E. (1999). The relationship between personality and affect over the lifespan. Personality and Individual Differences, 27(6), 1141–1156. doi:10.1016/s0191-8869(99)00058-6