Happiness measure, code: O-SLP-c-sq-l-11-a


Selfreport on single question :

"Some people seem to be quite happy and satisfied with their lives, while others seem quite unhappy and dissatisfied. Now look at this ladder (again). Suppose that a person who is entirely satisfied with his life would be at the top of the ladder and a person who is extremely dissatisfied with his life would be at the bottom of the ladder. Where would you put yourself on the ladder at the present stage of your life in terms of how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your personal life?"
[ 10 ] entirely satisfied
[ 9 ]
[ 8 ]
[ 7 ]
[ 6 ]
[ 5 ]
[ 4 ]
[ 3 ]
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ]
[ 0 ] entirely dissatisfied

Name Cantril ladder rating (modified version)
  
Classification
Focus, O-SLP Overall: Satisfaction with Personal Life
Time frame, c currently (today, these days, presently)
Mode, sq 1 question
Scale type, l ladder scale Range = 11
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceBortner & Hultsch (1970): study US 1959
TitleA Multivariate Analysis of Correlates of Life Satisfaction in Adulthood.
Public21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceBortner & Hultsch (1972): study US 1959
TitlePersonal Time Perspective in Adulthood.
Public20-88 aged, general public, USA, 1959
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceBortner & Hultsch (1974): study US 1959
TitlePatterns of Subjective Deprivation in Adulthood.
Public21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceCantril (1965): study US 1959
TitleThe Pattern of Human Concern.
Public21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceMielke (1997): study DE 1990
TitleWohlbefinden und Fitness. Eine empirische Analyse zur Lebens-, Gesundheits- und Freizeitzufriedenheit šlterer Menschen. (Welfare and Fitness of Elderly).
Public16+ aged, general public, Germany, 1990-1991
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceStorandt et al. (1975): study US 1970
TitlePredictors of a Dimension of Well-Being in Relocated Healthy Aged.
Public60+ aged, followed 15 months after move, USA, 197?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes