Happiness measure, code: A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-e


Selfreport on 9 questions:

We are interested in the way people are feeling these days. The following list describes some of the ways people feel at different times. Please indicate how often you felt each way during the last week.

How often last week did you feel .....?
A On the top of the world
B Very lonely or remote from other people
C Particularly excited or interested in something
D Depressed or very unhappy
E Pleased about having accomplished something
F Bored
G Proud because someone complimented you on something
you had done
H So restless you couldn't sit long in a chair
I Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why

Answer options:
0 not at all
1 once
2 several times
3 often

Summation:
Positive Affect Score (PAS): summed scores on A, C, E, G
Negative Affect Score (NAS): summed scores on B, D, F, H, I
Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS

Possible range: -15 tot +12

Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance Scale' (modified version)
  
Classification
Focus, A-BB Affect: Balance (Bradburn's 10 item inde
Time frame, cw last week
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 4
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceBankoff (1981): study US 1979
TitleEffects of Friendship Support on the Psychological Well-Being of Widows.
PublicWidowed women in grief, USA, 198?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceBradburn & Caplovitz (1965): study US Illinois 1962
TitleReports on Happiness. A Pilot Study of Behavior Related to Mental Health.
PublicAdult, general public, 4 towns, varying in economic prosperity, Illinois, USA, 1962
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceBradburn & Caplovitz (1965): study US Illinois 1962 /1
TitleReports on Happiness. A Pilot Study of Behavior Related to Mental Health.
PublicAdults, general public, 2 towns, prosperous and depressed, Illinois, USA, 1962/3 - 1962/10
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceLehman et al. (1987): study US 1983
TitleLong-Term Effects of Losing a Spouse or Child in a Motor Vehicle Crash.
PublicBereaved and controls, USA, 1983
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceLehman et al. (1987): study US 1983 /1
TitleLong-Term Effects of Losing a Spouse or Child in a Motor Vehicle Crash.
PublicBereaved and controls, USA, 1983
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes