Affect Balance Scale (ABS)

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Bradburn, N. M. (1969). The structure of psychological well-being. Chicago: Aldine.
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Purpose Well-Being as a Moving Target: Measurement Equivalence of the Bradburn Affect Balance Scale is a 10 item questionnaire used to measure positive and negative of "a multisample, multicohort longitudinal investigation of psychological changes in later life."
Domain(s) Goal Pursuit
Life Satisfaction
Positive Affect
Quality of Life
Sense of Meaning
Target population Adult
Number of items 10
Administration format self-report
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Availability in other languages Dutch, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Spanish
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Non-exhaustive list of psychometric studies
McDowell, I. & Praught, E. (1982). On the measurement of happiness: An examination of the Bradburn Scale in the Canada Health Survey . American Journal of Epidemiology, 116, 949-958. Kim, K.A., Mueller, D.J. To Balance or not to Balance: Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Affect-Balance Scale. Journal of Happiness Studies 2, 289–306 (2001).
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