Positive an Negative Affectivity and Their Relation to Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Impact Factor: 5.15). 09/1988; 97(3):346-53. DOI: 10.1037/0021-843X.97.3.346
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Distinguishing between depression and anxiety has been a matter of concern and controversy for some time. Studies in normal samples have suggested, however, that assessment of two broad mood factors—Negative Affect (NA) and Positive Affect (PA)—may improve their differentiation. The present study extends these findings to a clinical sample. As part of an ongoing twin study, 90 inpatient probands and 60 cotwins were interviewed with the anxiety and depression sections of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS; Robins, Helzer, Croughan, & Ratcliff, 1981). Respondents also completed trait NA and PA scales. Consistent with previous research, NA was broadly correlated with symptoms and diagnoses of both anxiety and depression, and acted as a general predictor of psychiatric disorder. In contrast, PA was consistently related (negatively) only to symptoms and diagnoses of depression, indicating that the loss of pleasurable engagement is a distinctive feature of depression. The results suggest that strengthening the PA component in depression measures may enhance their discriminative power.

    • "To assess psychopathology, we used the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV, SKID I (Wittchen et al. 1997). In addition, we used a number of self-report questionnaires , including the following scales: The Positive Affect and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) (Watson et al. 1988), the Empathizing, Systemizing and Autism- Spectrum Quotient (EQ, SQ, and AQ) (Baron-Cohen et al. 2003; Baron-Cohen and Wheelwright 2004; Baron-Cohen et al. 2001), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) (Beck et al. 1961), the NEO-Five Factor Inventory (NEOFFI) (Costa and McCrae 1992), and the trait scale of the State- Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Trait, see Table 1) (Spielberger and Vagg 1984). All participants signed a written informed consent form and received an expense allowance. "
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    • "Instead, these items were included to prevent uniform responses to items across the negative subscales (Chang et al., 2003). However, depression has long been characterized as a disorder of both positive and negative affect, which appear to be distinct dimensions, rather than opposite ends of the same dimension (Olino, Klein, Lewinsohn, Rohde, & Seeley, 2008; Watson, Clark, & Carey, 1988). Distinct positive and negative emotion dimensions have also been found in cross-cultural studies (Iwata et al., 1998). "
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    • "To measure positive and negative affect, we used the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) (Watson et al., 1988b), which includes 10-positive and 10-negative mood or feeling words (e.g., " inspired " or " scared " ). The PANAS is a well-validated measure of self-reported positive and negative mood (Crawford and Henry, 2004; Watson et al., 1988b), used in healthy and psychiatric patient populations (Heller et al., 2013; Larsen and Ketelaar, 1991; Watson et al., 1988a). Participants rated the amount they generally experienced each item on a scale ranging from 1 to 5 (very slightlyeextremely). "
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