Development and validation of a mood measure for adolescents

J Sports Sci. 1999 Nov;17(11):861-72. doi: 10.1080/026404199365425.


The aim of this study was to develop and validate a shortened version of the Profile of Mood States suitable for use with adolescents. The Profile of Mood States-Adolescents (POMS-A) was administered to 1693 participants from two populations: school children and young athletes. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the factorial validity of a 24-item six-factor model using both independent and multi-sample analyses. Correlations of POMS-A scores with previously validated inventories, which were consistent with theoretical predictions, provided evidence of criterion validity. It is proposed that the POMS-A is a valid instrument for the assessment of mood in adolescents.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Affect / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Tests / standards*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sports / psychology*
  • United Kingdom