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Transient state-dependent fluctuations in anxiety measured using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a comparative review

Valentina Rossi (UGent) and Gilles Pourtois (UGent)
(2012) ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING. 25(6). p.603-645
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Several psychometric instruments can be used to measure state-dependent variations in anxiety, including the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Profile of Mood States (POMS), the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) and the Visual Analog Scales (VAS). Each of these instruments rests on specific theoretical assumptions about the construct of state anxiety, and has been widely used for this purpose in different research domains. However, it remains difficult to determine what may be the specificities of these four instruments, when the goal is to measure transient state-dependent variations in anxiety. In this work, we provide a systematic and comparative literature review of studies which have explored rapid fluctuations (i.e., test-retest intervals not exceeding 24 hours) in state anxiety by means of these specific instruments. Almost 200 studies were eventually included in our review. This comparative review confirms that, despite some disparities and specificities, each of these four instruments provides a reliable measure to capture rapid state-dependent variations in anxiety, although they have been used in non-overlapping research domains or experimental contexts.
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PUBLIC-SPEAKING, VISUAL ANALOG SCALE, TRAIT ANXIETY, MOOD STATES, PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES, EMOTION THERMOMETERS, PREOPERATIVE ANXIETY, DISTRESS THERMOMETER, ANTICIPATORY NAUSEA, HEALTHY-SUBJECTS, state anxiety, self-report, STAI, POMS, PANAS, VAS

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MLA
Rossi, Valentina, and Gilles Pourtois. “Transient State-dependent Fluctuations in Anxiety Measured Using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a Comparative Review.” ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING 25.6 (2012): 603–645. Print.
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Rossi, V., & Pourtois, G. (2012). Transient state-dependent fluctuations in anxiety measured using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a comparative review. ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING, 25(6), 603–645.
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Rossi, Valentina, and Gilles Pourtois. 2012. “Transient State-dependent Fluctuations in Anxiety Measured Using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a Comparative Review.” Anxiety Stress and Coping 25 (6): 603–645.
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Rossi, Valentina, and Gilles Pourtois. 2012. “Transient State-dependent Fluctuations in Anxiety Measured Using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a Comparative Review.” Anxiety Stress and Coping 25 (6): 603–645.
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Rossi V, Pourtois G. Transient state-dependent fluctuations in anxiety measured using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a comparative review. ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING. 2012;25(6):603–45.
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V. Rossi and G. Pourtois, “Transient state-dependent fluctuations in anxiety measured using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a comparative review,” ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 603–645, 2012.
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  author       = {Rossi, Valentina and Pourtois, Gilles},
  issn         = {1061-5806},
  journal      = {ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING},
  keywords     = {PUBLIC-SPEAKING,VISUAL ANALOG SCALE,TRAIT ANXIETY,MOOD STATES,PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES,EMOTION THERMOMETERS,PREOPERATIVE ANXIETY,DISTRESS THERMOMETER,ANTICIPATORY NAUSEA,HEALTHY-SUBJECTS,state anxiety,self-report,STAI,POMS,PANAS,VAS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
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  title        = {Transient state-dependent fluctuations in anxiety measured using STAI, POMS, PANAS or VAS: a comparative review},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2011.582948},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2012},
}

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