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The Measurement of Affect, Mood, and Emotion: A Guide for Health-Behavioral Research

The Measurement of Affect, Mood, and Emotion: A Guide for Health-Behavioral Research

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Panteleimon Ekkekakis
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 2/21/2013
EAN 9781107011007, ISBN10: 1107011000

Hardcover, 230 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

The role of affective constructs in human behavior in general, and health behavior in particular, is recapturing the attention of researchers. Affect, mood, and emotion are again considered powerful motives behind dietary choices, physical activity participation, cigarette smoking, alcohol over-consumption, and drug abuse. However, researchers entering the fray must confront a vast and confusing theoretical and technical literature. The enormity of this challenge is reflected in numerous problems plaguing recent studies, from selecting measures without offering a rationale, to interchanging terms that are routinely misconstrued. The Measurement of Affect, Mood, and Emotion cuts through the jargon, clarifies controversies, and proposes a sound three-tiered system for selecting measures that can rectify past mistakes and accelerate future progress. Panteleimon Ekkekakis offers an accessible and comprehensive guidebook of great value to academic researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of psychology, behavioral and preventive medicine, behavioral nutrition, exercise science, and public health.

Prologue
1. Documenting the breadth and depth of the problem
2. Untangling the terminological Gordian knot
3. Should affective states be considered as distinct entities or as positioned along dimensions?
4. Are pleasant and unpleasant states independent or polar opposites?
5. Selecting a measure
a proposed three-step process
6. The old classics
measures of distinct states
7. Dimensional measures
8. Domain-specific measurement
challenges and solutions
9. Problems of domain specificity
examples from exercise
Epilogue.

Advance praise: '... a powerful plea for a qualitative shift in the way research is conducted. It is a wise, thoughtful, and much needed guidebook for the transition from a prescientific to a scientific paradigm. If researchers read this book, they will be convinced, they will change their behavior, and their research will advance. I'm often asked to recommend a measure for emotion or mood, and I never have a simple answer. Now I do: read Ekkekakis.' James A. Russell, Boston College, from the Foreword