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+

Construct Measure Description # of Items Preview Manual
Negative Affect
Anger     Anger-Affect CAT Age 18+  Attitudes of hostility and cynicism often associated with experiences of frustration impeding goal-directed behavior. CAT Preview Measure User Guide 
Anger-Hostility FF Age 18+  5 Preview Measure User Guide
Anger-Physical Aggression FF Age 18+  5 Preview Measure User Guide
Fear   Fear-Affect CAT Age 18+  Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
Fear-Somatic Arousal FF Age 18+  6 Preview Measure User Guide
Sadness Sadness 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. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
Psychological Well-Being
Positive Affect Positive Affect CAT Age 18+  Feelings that reflect a level of pleasurable engagement with the environment, such as happiness, joy, excitement, enthusiasm, and contentment. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
General Life Satisfaction General Life Satisfaction CAT Age 18+  One’s cognitive evaluation of life experiences and whether one likes his/her life or not. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
Meaning & Purpose Meaning and Purpose CAT Age 18+  The extent to which people feel their lives matter or make sense. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
Stress & Self-Efficacy
Perceived Stress Perceived Stress FF Age 18+  Individual perceptions about the nature of events and their relationship to the values and coping resources of an individual. 10 Preview Measure User Guide
Self-Efficacy Self-Efficacy CAT Age 18+  A person’s belief in his/her capacity to manage functioning and have control over meaningful events. CAT Preview Measure User 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. 8 Preview Measure User 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. 8 Preview Measure User Guide
Companion-ship  Loneliness FF Age 18+  Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others. 5 Preview Measure User Guide
Friendship FF Age 18+  Perceptions of the availability of friends or companions with whom to interact or affiliate. 8 Preview Measure User 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). 8 Preview Measure User Guide
Perceived Rejection FF Age 18+  8 Preview Measure User 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

Construct Measure Description # of Items Preview Manual
Negative Affect
Anger Anger FF Ages 8-17 v2.0 Attitudes of hostility and cynicism often associated with experiences of frustration impeding goal-directed behavior. 5 Preview Measure User Guide 
Fear Fear FF Ages 8-17 v2.0 Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat. 8 Preview Measure User Guide
Sadness Sadness FF Ages 8-17 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. 8 Preview Measure User Guide
Psychological Well-Being
Positive Affect Positive Affect CAT Ages 13-17 v2.0 Feelings that reflect a level of pleasurable engagement with the environment, such as happiness, joy, excitement, enthusiasm, and contentment. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
  Positive Affect FF Ages 8-12 v2.0 9 Preview Measure User Guide
Life Satisfaction General Life Satisfaction CAT Ages 13-17 v2.0 One’s cognitive evaluation of life experiences and whether one likes his/her life or not. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
  General Life Satisfaction FF Ages 8-12 v2.0 5 Preview Measure User Guide
Stress & Self-Efficacy
Perceived Stress Perceived Stress FF Ages 13-17 v2.0 Individual perceptions about the nature of events and their relationship to the values and coping resources of an individual. 10 Preview Measure User Guide
Self-Efficacy Self-Efficacy CAT Ages 13-17 v2.0 A person’s belief in his/her capacity to manage functioning and have control over meaningful events. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
  Self-Efficacy CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0 CAT Preview Measure User Guide
Social Relationships
Social Support Emotional Support FF Ages 8-17 v2.0 The perception that people in one’s social network are available to listen to one’s problems with empathy, caring, and understanding. 7 Preview Measure User Guide
Companion-ship Loneliness FF Ages 8-17 v2.0 Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others. 7 Preview Measure User Guide
  Friendship FF Ages 8-17 v2.0 Perceptions of the availability of friends or companions with whom to interact or affiliate. 5 Preview Measure User Guide
Social Distress Perceived Hostility FF Ages 8-17 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). 5 Preview Measure User Guide
  Perceived Rejection FF Ages 8-17 v2.0 5 Preview Measure User 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

Construct Measure Definition # of Items Preview Manual
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. CAT Preview Measure User Guide
Fear

Fear Parent Report CAT Ages 8-12 v2.0

Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat. CAT Preview Measure User 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. CAT Preview Measure User 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. CAT Preview Measure User 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. 5 Preview Measure User 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.

CAT Preview 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.

CAT Preview Measure  User Guide
Social Relationships
Companionship Social Withdrawal Parent Report FF Ages 3-12 v2.0 Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others. 4 Preview Measure User 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. 4 Preview Measure User Guide
Social Distress Peer 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). 9 Preview Measure User Guide
Positive Social Development Empathic Behaviors Parent Report CAT
Ages 3-12 v2.0
Parent’s evaluation of their children’s empathic behaviors. CAT Preview Measure User 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

Construct Measure Definition # of Items Preview Manual
Negative Affect
Anger Anger Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
Attitudes of hostility and cynicism often associated with experiences of frustration impeding goal-directed behavior. 9 Preview Measure User Guide
Fear Fear-Over Anxious Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
Symptoms of anxiety that reflect autonomic arousal and perceptions of threat. 6 Preview Measure User Guide
  Fear-Separation Anxiety Parent Report FF
Ages 3-7 v2.0
7 Preview Measure User Guide
Sadness Sadness 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. 7 Preview Measure User Guide
Psychological Well-Being
Positive Affect Positive 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. CAT Preview Measure User 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. 5 Preview Measure User Guide
Social Relationships
Companionship Social Withdrawal Parent Report FF
Ages 3-12 v2.0
Perceptions that one is alone, lonely, or socially isolated from others. 4 Preview Measure User 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. 4 Preview Measure User Guide
Social Distress Peer 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). 9 Preview Measure User Guide
Positive Social Development Empathic Behaviors Parent Report CAT
Ages 3-12 v2.0
Parent’s evaluation of their children’s empathic behaviors. CAT Preview Measure User 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.