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ERIC Number: EJ865767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1537-4416
Mood Assessment via Animated Characters: A Novel Instrument to Evaluate Feelings in Young Children with Anxiety Disorders
Manassis, Katharina; Mendlowitz, Sandra; Kreindler, David; Lumsden, Charles; Sharpe, Jason; Simon, Mark D.; Woolridge, Nicholas; Monga, Suneeta; Adler-Nevo, Gili
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, v38 n3 p380-389 2009
We evaluated a novel, computerized feelings assessment instrument (MAAC) in 54 children with anxiety disorders and 35 nonanxious children ages 5 to 11. They rated their feelings relative to 16 feeling animations. Ratings of feelings, order of feeling selection, and correlations with standardized anxiety measures were examined. Positive emotions were rated more highly and visited earlier by nonanxious children. Children with anxiety disorders explored fewer emotions. MAAC ratings on several positive emotions showed inverse correlations with state anxiety. Although needing further evaluation, MAAC may facilitate feelings assessment in young children and may distinguish children with anxiety disorders from nonanxious children. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory