Happiness measure, code: C-BW-c-sq-l-9-b


Selfreport on single question:

Respondent was first asked to describe "your wishes and hopes for your future" and then to describe "your fears and worries about your future". He was then presented with a picture of a ladder numbered from zero on the bottom to nine on the top rung. Respondent was asked to suppose "that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst life for you". Where on the ladder do you feel you stand at the present time?"
[ 9 ] best possible life
[ 8 ]
[ 7 ]
[ 6 ]
[ 5 ]
[ 4 ]
[ 3 ]
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ]
[ 0 ] worst possible life

Name: Cantril's Present Life Ladder rating (modified version)
  
Classification
Focus, C-BW Contentment: Best-Worst possible life
Time frame, c currently (today, these days, presently)
Mode, sq 1 question
Scale type, l ladder scale Range = 9
  
Used in studies
  
ReferencePalmore (1975): study ZZ East-West pairs 1959
TitleThe Honorable Elders: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Aging in Japan.
Public21+ aged, general public, Japan and USA, 1959-1962
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes