Positive Event (uplift) Scale for University Students

Author of Tool: 

Mayberry, D. J.

Key references: 

Maybery, D.J. (2004) Incorporating interpersonal events within uplift measurement . Social Research Indicators 68 35-57. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

A measure of the positive emotions associated with daily events known as uplifts.

Background: 

Up until the 1980’s, event measurement was characterised by important life events such as marriages, accidents and deaths (e.g., Holmes and Rahe, 1967). At that time, Lazarus and colleagues highlighted daily events (hassles) as better predictors of negative psychological and somatic outcomes than major life events (Kanner et al., 1981). Daily events are theoretically embedded within the cognitive transactual model of stress. This theory suggests that individual’s cognitively evaluate or appraise environmental events in relation to their own person-related characteristics, otherwise known as primary appraisal thereby determining the type and quality of the emotional response.Daily hassles are central to the primary appraisal concept but little emphasis has been placed on the primary appraisal of positive events – more commonly known as uplifts. The positive Event Uplift Scale measures this.

Psychometrics: 

For psychometrics, see Maybery, D.J. (2004) Incorporating interpersonal events within uplift measurement . Social Research Indicators 68 35-57. 

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Files: 

PDF iconScale and Scoring Instructions

Web link to tool: 

https://quantifyingconnections.com/images/PEScale.pdf

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 

https://dx.doi.org/10.13072/midss.604