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


Self report on single question:

"Here you have ladder of nine rungs representing different conditions of life in which a person may possibly be. The top of the ladder '9' represents the best possible condition one may think of, and the bottom '1'represents the worst possible condition. On which rung do you think you stand with regard to your personal condition?"
9 best possible
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1 worst possible

This question was followed by questions on the past (five years ago) and the future (five years from now).

Name: Cantril ladder rating (adjusted 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
  
ReferenceKonwicka (1976): study ZZ Europe 1967
TitleHomology of Predictions and Wishes.
Public15-40 aged, 6 european countries,
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceShmotkin (1992): study IL 1982
TitleThe Apprehensive Respondent: Failing to Rate Future Lifesatisfaction in Older Adults.
Public16+ aged, general public, Israel, 1982
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: no
  
ReferenceShmotkin (1992): study IL 1982 /1
TitleThe Apprehensive Respondent: Failing to Rate Future Lifesatisfaction in Older Adults.
Public16+ aged, general public, Israel, 1982
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: no
  
ReferenceShmotkin (1992): study IL 1983
TitleThe Apprehensive Respondent: Failing to Rate Future Lifesatisfaction in Older Adults.
Public16+ aged, general public, Israel, 1983
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: no
  
ReferenceShmotkin (1992): study IL 1984
TitleThe Apprehensive Respondent: Failing to Rate Future Lifesatisfaction in Older Adults.
Public16+ aged, general public, Israel, 1984
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: no
  
ReferenceShmotkin (1992): study IL 1984 /1
TitleThe Apprehensive Respondent: Failing to Rate Future Lifesatisfaction in Older Adults.
Public16+ aged, general public, Israel, 1984
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: no
  
ReferenceStaats et al. (1995a): study US 1989
TitleUplifts, Hassles, and Quality of Life in Older Workers.
Public50+aged full time employees, USA, 1989
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes