Happiness measure, code: A-ARE-md-sqr-v-10-a


Selfreport on single question, repeated every evening before retiring during 3 weeks (experience sampling).

"On the average, how happy or unhappy did you feel today....?"
1 Extremely unhappy. Utterly depressed. Completely down.
2 Very unhappy. Depressed. Spirits very low.
3 Pretty unhappy. Somewhat 'blue'. Spirits down.
4 Mildly unhappy. Just a little low.
5 Barely unhappy. Just this side of neutral.
6 Barely happy. Just this side of neutral.
7 Mildly happy. Feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful.
8 Pretty happy. Spirits high. Feeling good.
9 Very happy. Feeling really good. Elated.
10 Extremely happy. Feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic.

Name: Wessman & Ricks' `Elation - Depression Scale" (adapted version)
  
Classification
Focus, A-ARE Affect: Average Repeated Overall Estimat
Time frame, md last day
Mode, sqr 1 question, repeated
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 10
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceBalkin (1968): study US 1964
TitleOnce More, with Feeling: Psychotherapy Revisited.
Public40-50 aged, female therapy clients, followed 4 weeks, USA 196?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceFordyce (1972): study US 1971
TitleHappiness, its Daily Variation and its Relation to Values.
PublicUniversity students, USA, 1971
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceWessman & Ricks (1966): study US 1957 /1
TitleMood and Personality.
PublicMale college students, followed 3 years, Harvard University, USA, 1957-60
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes