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Is joy an emotional function of age and gender?

Alvi, Mohsin and Mirza, Mohammad Haris and Ikram, Midra and Khoso, Ameer Bux and Mukhtar, Amber (2017): Is joy an emotional function of age and gender? Published in: RA Journal of Applied Research , Vol. 3, No. 10 (1 October 2017): pp. 1091-1099.

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Abstract

Historically, psychological researches on emotion were focused more on negative emotions. Recently, researchers have directed their attention towards positive emotion because of positive emotions is in crises throughout the globe (Fredrickson et al, 2003). So, it is an emerging field of study, many areas of which are under developed. The present research is aimed at exploring two of such areas: gender and age differences in positive emotions. Because of the suggested importance of studying discrete units of positive emotion, only one emotion i.e. joy was selected for the study. Dispositional Positive Emotion Scale-Joy sub scale was administered on 479 participants (331 men, 148 women), age ranging between 20 and 49. Following two hypotheses were generated: first, women feel lesser joy than men; and second, intensity of joy feeling varies with age. The results were consistent with the first hypothesis. For the second hypothesis, no significant differences are found in the feeling of joy among people belonging to different age groups.

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