Scale name: State Joy Scale
Scale overview: The State Joy Scale (SJS) is an 11-item self-report rating scale of joy with strong psychometric properties.
Response Type: There are two types of ratings.
1. Items 1-2 are rated on a 7-point frequency basis from 1 = Not at all to 7 = Frequently. See the article for the text for each of the numerical options.
2. Items 3- 11 are rated on a 7-point scale of agreement from 1 = Completely disagree to 7 = Strongly agree.
Sample Scale items
1. In the past week, how often have you felt joyful?
7. Something happened this week that made me feel like celebrating.
Reliability: In study 1 of Watkins et al. (2017), Cronbach's alpha = .945.
Validity: Factor analysis yielded a one-factor solution, which explained 65.17% of the variance.
The State Joy Scale was significantly positively correlated with several measures including the following (correlations follow the scale names).
Gratitude Questionnaire-6, .424
PANAS Joy, .767
Satisfaction with Life scale, .561
Flourishing scale, .599
The full set of 11 items are on page 17 of the Watkins et al. (2017) article.
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Sutton, G. W. (2022, November 28). State joy scale. Assessment, Statistics, and Research. Retrieved from https://statistics.suttong.com/2022/11/state-joy-scale.html
Reference for the scale
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 Book 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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