ERIC Number: ED253822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Self-Initiated Activity and Appraisal on Mood.
Zevon, Michael A.; And Others
Self-initiation of activities by individuals may have an affect on their mood. To study the relationship between the appraisal of self-initiated activities and dimensions of positive or negative affect 36 graduate students (22 female and 14 male) engaging in a total of 202 activities appraised dimensions of the activities and responded to a 60-adjective Mood Checklist (M. A. Zevon and A. Tellegen) before and after each activity. Activities reported were academic, leisure, work related, daily living, and miscellaneous pursuits. Results showed that the expectation of pleasure and control over participation appraisal dimensions were important in accounting for post-activity positive affect but not for post-activity negative affect. The subject's usual level of enjoyment in the activity was not an important contributor to post-activity positive affect. Overall, the results lend support to the distinction between self-initiated and prompted engagement in activity and their effects on mood. (BH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-27, 1984).