Dispositional Joy Scale (DJS)


Scale name: Dispositional Joy Scale (DJS)

Scale overview: The Dispositional Joy Scale (DJS) is a 16-item self-report measure of joy as a trait or disposition with strong psychometric support.


Response Type: Items are rated on a scale of agreement from 1 = strongly disagree to 7 = strongly agree. The numbers 2 through 6 are not labeled.

Scale items- example

I often feel bursts of joy.

I often feel blessed.


 Reliability: Internal consistency was alpha = .954 (Study 1) and .96 and .97 (Study 2; Watkins et al., 2017).

Validity: Factor analysis resulted in a one factor solution accounting for nearly 60% of the variance (Watkins et al., 2017).

The Dispositional Joy Scale was significantly correlated with other positive psychology measures. Some examples follow with correlation coefficients next to the associated scale (Study 2, Watkins et al., 2017).

State Joy Scale .68

State Gratitude .58

Trait Gratitude GRAT-S .68

Trait Gratitude GQ-6 .53

Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale .64

General Humility Scale .24

 In study 2, the DJS was positively correlated with the PANAS -X Joy scale, r = .749. The PANAS-X is an expansion of the PANAS.



The full set of 16 items can be found on page 18 of the article by Watkins et al. (2017).


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Sutton, G. W. (2022, November 27). The dispositional joy scale. Assessment, Statistics, and Research. Retrieved from https://statistics.suttong.com/2022/11/dispositional-joy-scale-djs.html


Sutton, G. W. (2021). Creating surveys: Second Edition| How to create and administer surveys, evaluate workshops & seminars, interpret and present results. Springfield, MO: Sunflower.   AMAZON   Paperback ISBN-13:  9798712780327     website

 Watkins, P.C., Emmons, R. A., Greaves, M. R. & Bell, J. (2018) Joy is a distinct positive emotion: Assessment of joy and relationship to gratitude and well-being, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13:5, 522-539, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2017.1414298


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The Dispositional Joy Scale addresses emotions, beliefs about oneself (Cognition), and a durable pattern of responses, which is a trait or disposition. These correspond to the dimensions of Cognition, Emotion, and Observable behavior patterns / personality in the SCOPES model (Sutton, 2021).



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