Central clinical states: An examination of the Profile of Mood States and the Eight State Questionnaire

  • Gregory J. Boyle


Two multidimensional mood-state inventories, the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and the Eight State Questionnaire (8SQ), were administered to 289 Australian college undergraduates. Intercorrelations for the combined 14 subscales were subjected to a higher-order factor analysis in order to elucidate the central clinical states within the mood-state sphere. Results suggested four major state dimensions pertaining to Neuroticism, Hostility/Anger, Vigor, and a combined Extroversion/Arousal-Fatigue entity. Both three- and five-factor solutions were taken out for comparative purposes. Furthermore, separate higher-order factorings of the POMS on normative samples of 350 male and 650 female psychiatric outpatients were conducted, corroborating three of the four central state dimensions, at least in the case of females. The implications of these findings for behavioral assessment are discussed.

Key words

neuroticism hostility extroversion mood states 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory J. Boyle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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