9.114. Snaith–Hamilton Pleasure Scale (SHAPS)


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A scale to measure hedonic tone. 14 questions rated on a 4-item scale (definitely agree - strongly disagree or strongly disagree - strongly agree). Scored 1 point for either “disagree” rating, 0 for either “agree” rating. Note that high scores represent low pleasure.

9.114.1. Intellectual property rights


  • “This scale may be reproduced under its proper title for personal use and research. Reproduction in any book or manual or for commercial purpose must be negotiated with the British Journal of Psychiatry.”

    – Snaith et al. (1995), as below.

9.114.2. History

  • Snaith RP, Hamilton M, Morley S, Humayan A, Hargreaves D, Trigwell P (1995). A scale for the assessment of hedonic tone the Snaith–Hamilton Pleasure Scale. Br J Psychiatry 167: 99–103. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7551619