Happiness measure, code: M-AO---mqr-*-0-a


Various self reports and informant rating

A Selfreport on five questions repeated three times during semester:
a In most ways my life is close to ideal
b The conditions of my life are excellent
c I am satisfied with my life
d So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
e If I could live my life over, I would change nothing
Answers rated: 7 strongly agree ...1 strongly disagree
(Diener's Satisfaction With Life Scale, SWLS)

B Selfreport on 24 questions:
How much of each mood did you experience in the last month?
BA LOVE
a Affection
b love
c caring
d fondness
BB JOY
a joy
b happiness
c contentment
d pride
BC FEAR
a fear
b worry
c anxiety
d nervous
BD ANGER
a anger
b irritation
c disgust
d rage
BE SHAME
a shame
b guilt
c regret
d embarrassment
BF SADNES
a sadness
b loneliness
c unhappiness
d depression
Rated: 0 = not at all .6 extremely much
Summation: balance score (BA+BB)/2 - (BC+BD+BE+BF)/4

C Rating of B by five informants

D Selfreport of daily affect on B

Summation: z-scores
  
Classification
Focus, M-AO Mixed: Affect + Overall
Time frame, - various time frames
Mode, mqr multiple questions, repeated (number not reported)
Scale type, * Different rating scales combined Range = 0
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceDiener & Seligman (2002): study US 1997
TitleVery Happy People.
PublicUndergraduate students, US, 199?
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceLepper (1998): study US California 1993
TitleUse of Other-Reports to Validate Subjective Well-Being Measures.
PublicRetirees, Southern California, USA, followed 9 months199?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes