Happiness measure, code: M-FH-c-fi-v-5-a


Selfreport in focused interview:

Content analysis of interview records by two independent judges:
High ratings for R who expresses happy, optimistic attitudes and mood; who uses spontaneous positively-toned affective terms for people and things; who takes pleasure from life and expresses it. Low ratings for depression, 'feel blue and lonely'; for feelings of bitterness; for frequent irritability and anger. (Here not only R's verbalized attitudes in the interview were considered, but interferences were made from all the knowledge of his inter-personal relationships, how others react towards him).

Rating options
5 'This is the best time of my life'. Is nearly always cheerful,
optimistic. Cheerfulness may seem unrealistic to an observer,
but R shows no sign of 'putting up a bold front'.
4 Gets pleasure out of life, knows it and shows it. There is
enough restraint to seem appropriate to a younger person
Usually feels positive affect. Optimistic.
3 Seems to move along on an even temperamental keel. Any
depressions are neutralized by positive mood swings.
Generally neutral-to-positive affect. May show some irritability
2 Wants things quiet and peaceful. General neutral-to-
negative affect. Some depression.
1 Pessimistic, complaining, bitter. Complaints of being lonely.
Feels 'blue' a good deal of the time. May get angry when in
contact with people.
  
Classification
Focus, M-FH Mixed: Feel Happy
Time frame, c currently (today, these days, presently)
Mode, fi focussed interview
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 5
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceNeugarten et al. (1961): study US 1955
TitleThe Measurement of Life Satisfaction.
Public50+ aged, whites followed 2,5 years, Kansas City, USA., 196?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes