Happiness measure, code: A-ASA-h-cr-n-100-a

Number of positive emotion words in autobiography

Content analysis by count of words/phrases that reflected an emotional experience as either positive, neutral or negative.
Coders were instructed not to code possible elicitors of emotion (such as death of a relative) but only the words that describe the emotion that was experienced. They were also instructed not to code words like good or bad, if these did not describe an emotional experienced.
Focus, A-ASA Affect: Average of Specific Affects
Time frame, h hitherto
Mode, cr life review
Scale type, n numeric scale Range = 100
Used in studies
ReferenceDanner et al. (2001): study US 1991
TitlePositive Emotions in Early Life and Longevity: Findings from the Nun Study.
PublicNuns who lived in cloister since early adulthood. Followed into old age, USA, 1991
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes