A Review Study of Psychometric Functioning of a Picture Scale to Assess Joy in Childhood


The early emergence of emotional understanding by means of facial expressions allows the assessment of basic emotions from young ages through pictures or photographs of human faces. This evaluation strategy allows children, with limited language to reveal feelings that neither investigators nor clinicians would be able to obtain verbally. The present work presents a non-verbal activity aimed at testing children’s joy. It is based on a visual analogue scale integrated by seven pictures of infant facial expressions. This scale has the advantage of presenting an animated design, more friendly and appealing than simplified face scales. Its psychometric functioning, revised from different studies, demonstrates that it is a reliable and valid alternative to analyze the experience of joy in small children.

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Oros, L. & Minzi, M. (2015). A Review Study of Psychometric Functioning of a Picture Scale to Assess Joy in Childhood. Psychology, 6, 223-233. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.63022.

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