The Face Scale: a brief, nonverbal method for assessing patient mood

Arthritis Rheum. 1986 Jul;29(7):906-9. doi: 10.1002/art.1780290714.


Validity and reliability studies were conducted on the Face Scale, a very brief, pictorial scale of mood which uses a sequence of 20 faces and does not require reading literacy. Correlational and experimental evidence of the Face Scale's construct validity is presented, as well as its test-retest reliability. Recommendations are made for its use as a screening tool and for additional validity studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Educational Status
  • Facial Expression*
  • Humans
  • Psychological Tests*