Happiness measure, code: A-BB-u-mq-v-3-a


Selfreport on 8 questions:

"Here is a list that describes some of the ways people feel at different times. How often do you feel each of these ways?"
A Very lonely or remote from other people
B Depressed or very unhappy
C Bored
D So restless you couldn't sit long in a chair
E Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why
F On top of the world
G Particularly excited or interested in something
H Pleased about having accomplished something

Answer options:
0 never
1 sometimes
2 often

Summation:
Positive Affect Score (PAS): summed scores on F, G, H
Negative Affect Score (NAS): summed scores on A, B, C, D, E
Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS

Possible range -10 to +6 (transformed to ridits (0 - 1))

Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance Scale' (Berkman modified variation)
  
Classification
Focus, A-BB Affect: Balance (Bradburn's 10 item inde
Time frame, u time unspecified
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 3
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceBerkman (1971): study US Alameda County, California 1965
TitleLife Stress and Psychological Well-Being: A Replication of Langner's Analysis in the Midtown Manhatten Study.
PublicAdults, general public, Alameda County, USA, 1965
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceSchulz & Decker (1985): study US 1985
TitleLongterm Adjustment to Physical Disability: The Role of Social Support, Perceived Control and Self-Blame.
Public40+ aged, spinal-cord-injured, non-institutionalised, Portland Oregon, USA, 198?
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes