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Objective: Mood Assessment via Animated Characters MAAC is a novel, computer-based instrument to improve assessment and communication about feelings in young children with internalizing distress. Well-validated assessment instruments are lacking for those under age eight years. Method: Children ages 4 - 10 years with primary diagnosis of anxiety disorder n = 74; 33 boys, 41 girls or no diagnosis n = 83; 40 boys, 43 girls completed MAAC for 16 feelings. Those 8 - 10 years also completed standardized measures of internalizing symptoms. Results: MAAC’s emotions clustered into positive, negative, fearful, and calm-neutral factors. Clinical children rated themselves less positive difference score -3.18; p = 0.002 and less calm-neutral difference score -2.06; p = 0.04, and explored fewer emotions spontaneously difference score = -2.37; p = 0.02 than nonanxious controls. Older children’s responses correlated with scores on several standardized measures. Conclusions: MAAC appears to be highly engaging, with clinical utility in the assessment of young anxious children. Applications in other populations are considered for future study.

KEYWORDS

Anxiety; Children; Perception of Emotion; Computer Animation; Assessment

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Manassis, K. , Mendlowitz, S. , Dupuis, A. , Kreindler, D. , Lumsden, C. , Monga, S. and Guberman, C. 2013 Mood assessment via animated characters: An instrument to access and evaluate emotions in young children. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3, 149-157. doi: 10.4236-ojpsych.2013.31A010.





Autor: Katharina Manassis, Sandra Mendlowitz, Annie Dupuis, David Kreindler, Charles Lumsden, Suneeta Monga, Carly Guberman

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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