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The Multiple Affect Adjective Check List-Revised 
(MAACL-R) Scales

The five basic scales of the MAACL-R are listed below with sample adjectives.

Anxiety
Afraid, fearful, frightened, panicky, shaky, tense.

Depression
Alone, destroyed, forlorn, lonely, lost, miserable.

Hostility
Annoyed, critical, cross, cruel, disagreeable.

Positive Affect
This scale measures a positively valenced state/trait of low arousal, or calm. Adjectives included are happy, joyful, and pleasant.

Sensation Seeking
This scale measures a positively valenced state/trait of arousal, or positive level of activation. Adjectives included are adventurous, daring, and energetic.

The two composite scales are: Dysphoria (Dys = A+D+H) and Positive Affect and Sensation Seeking (PASS = PA+SS). A diagnostic study has indicated that the score Dys-PA is effective in discriminating patients with affective disorders from other patients and clients.