Happiness measure, code: A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-e


Selfreport on 7 questions:

Did you experience the following feeling during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
A enjoyment
B physical pain
C sadness
D worry
E stress
F anger
G happiness

Rated: : 0: no 1: yes

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A+G)/2
- Average % negative affect = (B+C+D+E+F)/5
- Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect

These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
  
Classification
Focus, A-AB Affect Affect Balance (various)
Time frame, yd yesterday
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 2
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceDeaton & Arora (2009): study US 2008
TitleLife at the Top: The Benefit of Height.
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 2008
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes