Profile of Mood States Questionnaire (POMS)

The POMS questionnaire is a standard validated psychological test used in research. The first Profile of Mood States was developed in 1971 by Douglas M. McNair along with Maurice Lorr and Leo F. Droppleman.

There are several versions of the questionnaire. Currently, the most commonly used is the POMS 2, which is available for adults aged 18 years and older (POMS 2–A) and another for adolescents 13 to 17 years of age (POMS 2–Y). Both POMS 2 instruments are available as full-length (65 items) and short versions (35 items). The questionnaires contains a series of descriptive words/statements that describe feelings people have. Subjects self report on each of these areas using a 5-point Likert scale.

Scoring

Scores for each item is recorded as 0 for 'Not at all' up to 4 for 'extremely', except for the two Esteem-related Affect subscale which are reverse-scored prior to being combined with the other items. A Total Mood Disturbance (TMD) score is calculated by summing the totals for the negative subscales (tension, depression, fatigue, confusion, anger) and then subtracting the totals for the positive subscales (vigor and esteem-related affect).

PROFILE OF MOOD STATES QUESTIONNAIRE

Here is another version of the POMS questionnaire, very similar to the original. This is a 40 question modified form developed by Grove and Prapavessis (1992).

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Below is a list of words that describe feelings people have. Please CIRCLE THE NUMBER THAT BEST DESCRIBES HOW YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW.


Not at all A little Moderately Quite a lot Extremely
Tense 0 1 2 3 4
Angry 0 1 2 3 4
Worn out 0 1 2 3 4
Unhappy 0 1 2 3 4
Proud 0 1 2 3 4
Lively 0 1 2 3 4
Confused 0 1 2 3 4
Sad 0 1 2 3 4
Active 0 1 2 3 4
On-edge 0 1 2 3 4
Grouchy 0 1 2 3 4
Ashamed 0 1 2 3 4
Energetic 0 1 2 3 4
Hopeless 0 1 2 3 4
Uneasy 0 1 2 3 4
Restless 0 1 2 3 4
Unable to concentrate 0 1 2 3 4
Fatigued 0 1 2 3 4
Competent 0 1 2 3 4
Annoyed 0 1 2 3 4
Discouraged 0 1 2 3 4
Resentful 0 1 2 3 4
Nervous 0 1 2 3 4
Miserable 0 1 2 3 4
Confident 0 1 2 3 4
Bitter 0 1 2 3 4
Exhausted 0 1 2 3 4
Anxious 0 1 2 3 4
Helpless 0 1 2 3 4
Weary 0 1 2 3 4
Satisfied 0 1 2 3 4
Bewildered 0 1 2 3 4
Furious 0 1 2 3 4
Full of pep 0 1 2 3 4
Worthless 0 1 2 3 4
Forgetful 0 1 2 3 4
Vigorous 0 1 2 3 4
Uncertain about things 0 1 2 3 4
Bushed 0 1 2 3 4
Embarrassed 0 1 2 3 4

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