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The structure of mood change: An idiographic/nomothetic analysis

The structure of mood change: An idiographic/nomothetic analysis Investigated the structure of intra-individual mood (P-factors) for the presence of 2 dimensions of self-reported current mood––Positive and Negative Affect––found previously in interindividual R-factor analyses (A. Tellegen, 1980). 23 undergraduates completed a 60-item mood adjective checklist for 90 consecutive days. Quantitative comparisons of each S's 1st 2 rotated P-factors to the R-factor dimensions resulted in the identification of the 2 dimensions for 21 Ss, underscoring the congruence of the 2-dimensional structure identified within and across Ss. The belief that the idiographic study of individuals, rather than being antithetical to scientific psychology, can provide information of value and relevance to nomothetic description was basic to the investigation. (23 ref) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Personality and Social Psychology American Psychological Association

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1982 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0022-3514
eISSN
1939-1315
DOI
10.1037/0022-3514.43.1.111
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Abstract

Investigated the structure of intra-individual mood (P-factors) for the presence of 2 dimensions of self-reported current mood––Positive and Negative Affect––found previously in interindividual R-factor analyses (A. Tellegen, 1980). 23 undergraduates completed a 60-item mood adjective checklist for 90 consecutive days. Quantitative comparisons of each S's 1st 2 rotated P-factors to the R-factor dimensions resulted in the identification of the 2 dimensions for 21 Ss, underscoring the congruence of the 2-dimensional structure identified within and across Ss. The belief that the idiographic study of individuals, rather than being antithetical to scientific psychology, can provide information of value and relevance to nomothetic description was basic to the investigation. (23 ref)

Journal

Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Jul 1, 1982

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