Dr. Young's LabMeasuring seasonality: psychometric properties of the SPAQ and ISV
Michael A. Young, Christina Blodgett, and Annemarie Reardon Psychiatry Research, 117(1), 75-83, 2003.
There is a general consensus that seasonal changes in mood, behavior and vegetative functions vary in magnitude across the general population. Studying the dimension of seasonality requires reliable and valid measures. This study examined and compared the psychometric properties of the SPAQ and the ISV in 148 college students; 53 also completed a retest 2 months later. Results indicated good psychometric properties for both scales in terms of score distributions, test-retest reliability; internal consistency, factor structure, and item-latent trait relationships using item response theory. Given the long history of its use and some small psychometric and simplicity advantages for the SPAQ, its continued use as a dimensional measure of seasonality is indicated.