Happiness measure, code: C-BW-cy-sq-l-9-a


Selfreport on single question:

"Here is a picture of a ladder. At the bottom of the ladder is the worst life you might reasonably expect to have. At the top is the best life you might expect to have. Of course, life from week to week falls somewhere in between. Where was your life most of the time during the past year?"
[ 9 ] best life you might expect to have
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[ 1 ] worst life you might expect to have


Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating (modified version)
  
Classification
Focus, C-BW Contentment: Best-Worst possible life
Time frame, cy last year
Mode, sq 1 question
Scale type, l ladder scale Range = 9
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceAndrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973
TitleSocial Indicators of Well-Being. Americans Perceptions of Life Quality.
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1973/3
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceAndrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973 /1
TitleSocial Indicators of Well-Being. Americans Perceptions of Life Quality.
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1973/7
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceMolnar (1985): study US 1981
TitleDeterminants of Subjective Well-Being among Farm Operators.
PublicFarm operators, Alabama, USA, 1981
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes