Happiness measure, code: A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-b


Selfreport on 10 questions, repeated four times at 3 months intervals:

"During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....?" (yes/no)

A Particularly exited or interested in something?
B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done?
D Very lonely or remote from other people?
E Pleased about having accomplished something?
F Bored?
G On top of the world?
H Depressed or very unhappy?
I That things were going your way?
J Upset because someone criticized you?

Answer options and scoring:
yes = 1
no = 0
Summation:
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
  
Classification
Focus, A-BB Affect: Balance (Bradburn's 10 item inde
Time frame, cm last month, last few weeks
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 2
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceCosta & McCrae (1980): study US 1976
TitleInfluence of Extraversion and Neuroticism on Subjective Well-Being: Happy and Unhappy People.
Public35-85 aged white males (largely veterans), USA, 1976
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes