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Citation

Pingault JB, Falissard B, Côté S, Berthoz S. PLoS One 2012; 7(7): e41489.

Affiliation

Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment, University of Montreal, Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, Public Library of Science)

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0041489

PMID

22848510

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales (ANPS) is an instrument designed to assess endophenotypes related to activity in the core emotional systems that have emerged from affective neuroscience research. It operationalizes six emotional endophenotypes with empirical evidence derived from ethology, neural analyses and pharmacology: PLAYFULNESS/joy, SEEKING/interest, CARING/nurturance, ANGER/rage, FEAR/anxiety, and SADNESS/separation distress. We aimed to provide a short version of this questionnaire (ANPS-S). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used a sample of 830 young French adults which was randomly split into two subsamples. The first subsample was used to select the items for the short scales. The second subsample and an additional sample of 431 Canadian adults served to evaluate the psychometric properties of the short instrument. The ANPS-S was similar to the long version regarding intercorrelations between the scales and gender differences. The ANPS-S had satisfactory psychometric properties, including factorial structure, unidimensionality of all scales, and internal consistency. The scores from the short version were highly correlated with the scores from the long version. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The short ANPS proves to be a promising instrument to assess endophenotypes for psychiatrically relevant science.


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