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J Clin Psychol. 1999 Jan;55(1):79-86.

Adult and geriatric normative data and validation of the profile of mood states.

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Department of Psychology, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.


The Profile of Mood States (POMS; McNair, Lorr, & Droppleman) is widely used to assess mood states. However, the utility of the POMS has been restricted by the lack of normative data from the general population. We report on our adult (N = 400) and geriatric (N = 170) POMS standardization samples. Both groups were age-, gender-, and race-stratified according to 1990 census data. We also report on convergent and discriminant validity of POMS scales, using a multitrait, multimethod paradigm.

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