Happiness measure, code: C-RG-h-fi-v-5-a


Selfreport in focused interview:

Content analysis of interview records by independent judges.
Interviews focused on the extent to which S feels he has achieved his goals in life, whatever those goals might be; feels he has succeeded in accomplishing what he regards as important. High ratings go, for instance, to S who says, "I've managed to keep out of jail" just as to R who says, "I managed to send all my kids through college". Low ratings go to R who feels he's missed most of his opportunities, or who says, "I've never been suited to my work", or "I always wanted to be a doctor, but never could get there". Also to R who wants most to be "loved", but instead feels merely "approved". (Expressions of regret for lack of education are not counted because they are stereotyped responses among all but the group of highest social status).

Rating options:
5 Feels he has accomplished what he wanted to do. He has
achieved or is achieving his own personal goals.
4 Regrets somewhat the chances missed during life. "Maybe
I could have made more of certain opportunities".
Nevertheless, feels that he has been fairly successful in
accomplishing what he wanted to do in life.
3 Has a fifty-fifty record of opportunities taken and opportunities
missed. Would have done some things differently, if he had
his life to live over. Might have gotten more education.
2 Has regrets about major opportunities missed but feels good
about accomplishment in one area (may be his avocation).
1 Feels he has missed most opportunities in life.
  
Classification
Focus, C-RG Contentment: Realization of Goals
Time frame, h hitherto
Mode, fi focussed interview
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 5
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceNeugarten et al. (1961): study US 1955
TitleThe Measurement of Life Satisfaction.
Public50+ aged, whites followed 2,5 years, Kansas City, USA., 196?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes