Happiness measure, code: O-HV---sq-vt-3-a


Selfreport on single questions

Six equivalent questions on overall happiness. (Slightly different items used in the various nations)
Scores transformed to common range 1 - 3, by recoding;

A "Generally speaking, how happy would you say you are;
would you say you are...?
3 very happy
2 fairly happy
1 not too happy

B Taken all things together, how would you say things are these days; would you say you are ...?
3 very happy
2 fairly happy
1 not too happy

C Taken all together, would you say you are.....?
3 very happy
2 quite happy
1 not very happy
1 not at all happy

D Taken all together how would you say things are these days; would you say you are ...?
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not too happy

E In general, how happy would you say you are...?
3 very happy
2 fairly happy
1 not very happy

F How happy do you feel as you live now? Please choose one item from this card that is closest to your feeling
3 very happy
3 fairly happy
2 neither happy nor unhappy
1 fairly unhappy
1 very unhappy
  
Classification
Focus, O-HV Overall: Happiness Various items
Time frame, - various time frames
Mode, sq 1 question
Scale type, vt verbal scales transformed to same range Range = 3
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceVeenhoven (1984): study ZZ EU 9 1975
TitleConditions of Happiness.
Public15+ aged, general public, EU 9 member states, Western Europe, 1975
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceVeenhoven (1990b): study ZZ 1965
TitleInequality in Happiness. Inequality in Countries Compared Between Countries.
PublicAdults, general public, 28 countries, 1965-1985
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes