Happiness measure, code: C-BW-c-sq-l-10-ca


Selfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder (9) represents the best possible life for you and the bottom (0) represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel personally stand at the present time?
[ 9 ] best possible life for you
[ 8 ]
[ 7 ]
[ 6 ]
[ 5 ]
[ 4 ]
[ 3 ]
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ]
[ 0 ] worst possible life for you

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (adapted 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 = 10
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceKivett (2000): study US 1976
TitleVery-Old Rural Adults: Functional Status and Social Support.
PublicVery old, rural area USA, followed 20 years, 1976-1997
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferencePalmore & Kivett (1977): study US 1968
TitleChange in Life Satisfaction. A Longitudinal Study of Persons Aged 46 - 70.
Public46+ aged whites, followed 2 years, USA, 1968-1972/74
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferencePalmore & Luikart (1972): study US 1968
TitleHealth and Social Factors Related to Life Satisfaction.
Public46+ aged, whites, North Carolina, USA, 1968-70
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferencePalmore (1969): study US NorthCarolina 1955
TitlePhysical, Mental and Social Factors in Predicting Longevity.
Public60-94 aged, North Carolina, USA 1955-59
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferencePalmore (1981): study US 1968
TitleSocial Patterns in Normal Aging: Findings From the Duke Longitudinal Study.
Public46+ aged whites, North Carolina, USA, followed from 1968 to 1976.
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes