Emotion Measures

NIH Toolbox® Emotion Batteries

The NIH Toolbox Emotion Battery, recommended for ages 8+, consists of surveys of Positive Affect, General Life Satisfaction, Emotional Support, Friendship, Loneliness, Perceived Rejection, Perceived Hostility, Self-Efficacy, Sadness, Perceived Stress, Fear, and Anger. For ages 18+, the battery also includes surveys of Meaning and Purpose and Instrumental Support.

The NIH Toolbox Parent Proxy Emotion Battery, recommended for parents of children ages 3-12, includes measures of Positive Affect, General Life Satisfaction, Positive Peer Interaction, Social Withdrawal, Peer Rejection, Empathic Behaviors, Self-Efficacy, Fear, Perceived Stress, Sadness, and Anger. For those with children ages 3-7, surveys for Fear (Over Anxious and Separation Anxiety) are included.

NIH Toolbox Emotion Battery – Ages 18+

ConstructMeasureDescription# of ItemsPreviewManual
Negative Affect
Anger    Anger-Affect CAT Age 18+ Attitudes of hostility and cynicism often associated with experiences of frustration impeding goal-directed behavior.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide 
Anger-Hostility FF Age 18+ 5Preview MeasureUser Guide
Anger-Physical Aggression FF Age 18+ 5Preview MeasureUser Guide
Fear  Fear-Affect CAT Age 18+ Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Fear-Somatic Arousal FF Age 18+ 6Preview MeasureUser Guide
SadnessSadness CAT Age 18+ Low levels of positive affect; comprised of symptoms that are primarily affective (poor mood) and cognitive (negative perceptions of self, the world, and the future) indicators of depression.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Psychological Well-Being
Positive AffectPositive Affect CAT Age 18+ Feelings that reflect a level of pleasurable engagement with the environment, such as happiness, joy, excitement, enthusiasm, and contentment.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
General Life SatisfactionGeneral Life Satisfaction CAT Age 18+ One’s cognitive evaluation of life experiences and whether one likes his/her life or not.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Meaning & PurposeMeaning and Purpose CAT Age 18+ The extent to which people feel their lives matter or make sense.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
 Meaning and Purpose FF Age 18+ 7Preview MeasureUser Guide
Stress & Self-Efficacy
Perceived StressPerceived Stress FF Age 18+ Individual perceptions about the nature of events and their relationship to the values and coping resources of an individual.10Preview MeasureUser Guide
Self-EfficacySelf-Efficacy CAT Age 18+ A person’s belief in his/her capacity to manage functioning and have control over meaningful events.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Social Relationships
Social Support Emotional Support FF Age 18+ The perception that people in one’s social network are available to listen to one’s problems with empathy, caring, and understanding.8Preview MeasureUser Guide
Instrumental Support FF Age 18+ The perception that people in one’s social network are available to provide material or functional aid in completing daily tasks, if needed.8Preview MeasureUser Guide
Companion-ship Loneliness FF Age 18+ Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others.5Preview MeasureUser Guide
Friendship FF Age 18+ Perceptions of the availability of friends or companions with whom to interact or affiliate.8Preview MeasureUser Guide
Social Distress Perceived Hostility FF Age 18+ The extent to which an individual perceives his/her daily social interactions as negative or distressing. This can include aspects of perceived hostility (e.g., how often people argue with me, yell at me, or criticize me) and perceived insensitivity (e.g., how often people don’t listen when I ask for help, or don’t pay attention to me).8Preview MeasureUser Guide
Perceived Rejection FF Age 18+ 8Preview MeasureUser Guide

All Emotion measures take 1-2 minutes to complete. No additional materials are required.
CAT = Computer Adaptive Test
FF = Fixed Form

The NIH Toolbox Emotion measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

NIH Toolbox Emotion Battery – Ages 8-17 Self-Report

ConstructMeasureDescription# of ItemsPreviewManual
Negative Affect
AngerAnger FF Ages 8-17 v2.0Attitudes of hostility and cynicism often associated with experiences of frustration impeding goal-directed behavior.5Preview MeasureUser Guide 
FearFear FF Ages 8-17 v2.0Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat.8Preview MeasureUser Guide
SadnessSadness FF Ages 8-17 v2.0Low levels of positive affect; comprised of symptoms that are primarily affective (poor mood) and cognitive (negative perceptions of self, the world, and the future) indicators of depression.8Preview MeasureUser Guide
Psychological Well-Being
Emotion ControlEmotion Control FF Ages 8-17 v2.0Refers to the ability to control the frequency and intensity of positive and negative emotions when they occur.10Preview MeasureUser Guide
Positive AffectPositive Affect CAT Ages 13-17 v2.0Feelings that reflect a level of pleasurable engagement with the environment, such as happiness, joy, excitement, enthusiasm, and contentment.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
 Positive Affect FF Ages 13-17 v2.010Preview MeasureUser Guide
 Positive Affect FF Ages 8-12 v2.09Preview MeasureUser Guide
Life SatisfactionGeneral Life Satisfaction CAT Ages 13-17 v2.0One’s cognitive evaluation of life experiences and whether one likes his/her life or not.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
 General Life Satisfaction FF Ages 8-12 v2.05Preview MeasureUser Guide
Stress & Self-Efficacy
Perceived StressPerceived Stress FF Ages 13-17 v2.0Individual perceptions about the nature of events and their relationship to the values and coping resources of an individual.10Preview MeasureUser Guide
Self-EfficacySelf-Efficacy CAT Ages 13-17 v2.0A person’s belief in his/her capacity to manage functioning and have control over meaningful events.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
 Self-Efficacy CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Social Relationships
Social SupportEmotional Support FF Ages 8-17 v2.0The perception that people in one’s social network are available to listen to one’s problems with empathy, caring, and understanding.7Preview MeasureUser Guide
Companion-shipLoneliness FF Ages 8-17 v2.0Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others.7Preview MeasureUser Guide
 Friendship FF Ages 8-17 v2.0Perceptions of the availability of friends or companions with whom to interact or affiliate.5Preview MeasureUser Guide
Social DistressPerceived Hostility FF Ages 8-17 v2.0The extent to which an individual perceives his/her daily social interactions as negative or distressing. This can include aspects of perceived hostility (e.g., how often people argue with me, yell at me, or criticize me) and perceived insensitivity (e.g., how often people don’t listen when I ask for help, or don’t pay attention to me).5Preview MeasureUser Guide
 Perceived Rejection FF Ages 8-17 v2.05Preview MeasureUser Guide

All Emotion measures take 1-2 minutes to complete. No additional materials are required.
CAT = Computer Adaptive Test
FF = Fixed Form

The NIH Toolbox Emotion measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

NIH Toolbox Emotion Battery – Ages 8-12 Parent Report

ConstructMeasureDefinition# of ItemsPreviewManual
Negative Affect
Anger

Anger Parent Report CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0

Attitudes of hostility and cynicism often associated with experiences of frustration impeding goal-directed behavior.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Fear

Fear Parent Report CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0

Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Sadness

Sadness Parent Report CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0

Low levels of positive affect; comprised of symptoms that are primarily affective (poor mood) and cognitive (negative perceptions of self, the world, and the future) indicators of depression.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
Psychological Well-Being
Positive Affect

Positive Affect Parent Report CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0

Feelings that reflect a level of pleasurable engagement with the environment, such as happiness, joy, excitement, enthusiasm, and contentment.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
 Positive Affect Parent Report Fixed Form Ages 8-12 v2.09Preview MeasureUser Guide
Emotion ControlEmotion Control Parent Report FF Ages 8-12 v2.0Refers to the ability to control the frequency and intensity of positive and negative emotions when they occur10Preview MeasureUser Guide
General Life Satisfaction

General Life Satisfaction Parent Report FF Ages 3-12 v2.0

One’s cognitive evaluation of life experiences and whether one likes his/her life or not.5Preview MeasureUser Guide

Stress & Self-Efficacy

Perceived Stress

Perceived Stress Parent Report CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0

Perceptions about the nature of events and their relationship to the values and coping resources of an individual.

CATPreview Measure User Guide

Self-Efficacy

Self-Efficacy Parent Report CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0

A person’s belief in his/her capacity to manage functioning and have control over meaningful events.

CATPreview Measure User Guide
Social Relationships
CompanionshipSocial Withdrawal Parent Report FF Ages 3-12 v2.0Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others.4Preview MeasureUser Guide
 

Positive Peer Interaction Parent Report FF Ages 3-12 v2.0

Perceptions of the availability of friends or companions with whom to interact or affiliate.4Preview MeasureUser Guide
Social DistressPeer Rejection Parent Report FF
Ages 3-12 v2.0
The extent to which an individual perceives his/her daily social interactions as negative or distressing. This can include aspects of perceived hostility (e.g., how often people argue with me, yell at me, or criticize me) and perceived insensitivity (e.g., how often people don’t listen when I ask for help, or don’t pay attention to me).9Preview MeasureUser Guide
Positive Social DevelopmentEmpathic Behaviors Parent Report CAT
Ages 3-12 v2.0
Parent’s evaluation of their children’s empathic behaviors.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide

All Emotion measures take 1-2 minutes to complete. No additional materials are required.
CAT = Computer Adaptive Test
FF = Fixed Form

The NIH Toolbox Emotion measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

NIH Toolbox Emotion Battery – Ages 3-7 Parent Report

ConstructMeasureDefinition# of ItemsPreviewManual
Negative Affect
AngerAnger Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
Attitudes of hostility and cynicism often associated with experiences of frustration impeding goal-directed behavior.9Preview MeasureUser Guide
FearFear-Over Anxious Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat.6Preview MeasureUser Guide
 Fear-Separation Anxiety Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
7Preview MeasureUser Guide
SadnessSadness Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
Low levels of positive affect; comprised of symptoms that are primarily affective (poor mood) and cognitive (negative perceptions of self, the world, and the future) indicators of depression.7Preview MeasureUser Guide
Psychological Well-Being
Positive AffectPositive Affect Parent Report CAT
Ages 3-7 v2.0
Feelings that reflect a level of pleasurable engagement with the environment, such as happiness, joy, excitement, enthusiasm, and contentment.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide
 Positive Affect Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
9Preview MeasureUser Guide
General Life SatisfactionGeneral Life Satisfaction Parent Report FF
Ages 3-12 v2.0
One’s cognitive evaluation of life experiences and whether one likes his/her life or not.5Preview MeasureUser Guide
Social Relationships
CompanionshipSocial Withdrawal Parent Report FF
Ages 3-12 v2.0
Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others.4Preview MeasureUser Guide
 Positive Peer Interaction Parent Report FF
Ages 3-12 v2.0
Perceptions of the availability of friends or companions with whom to interact or affiliate.4Preview MeasureUser Guide
Social DistressPeer Rejection Parent Report FF
Ages 3-12 v2.0
The extent to which an individual perceives his/her daily social interactions as negative or distressing. This can include aspects of perceived hostility (e.g., how often people argue with me, yell at me, or criticize me) and perceived insensitivity (e.g., how often people don’t listen when I ask for help, or don’t pay attention to me).9Preview MeasureUser Guide
Positive Social DevelopmentEmpathic Behaviors Parent Report CAT
Ages 3-12 v2.0
Parent’s evaluation of their children’s empathic behaviors.CATPreview MeasureUser Guide

All Emotion measures take 1-2 minutes to complete. No additional materials are required.
CAT = Computer Adaptive Test
FF = Fixed Form

The NIH Toolbox Emotion measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.