Findings on happiness in Smith et al. (1999): study US 1997

Publication
Author(s)Smith, R.H.; Diener, E.; Hoyle, R.H.; Kim, S.H.; Parrot, W.G.
TitleDispositional Envy.
SourcePersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1999, Vol. 25, 1007 - 1020
DOIDOI:10.1177/01461672992511008
Investigation
PublicUndergraduate students, USA, 1999
 84 females and 46 males
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Students were recruited via announcements posted in the psychology department
Respondents N =130
 There were 136 participants originally, but the data from 5 males and 1 female were eliminated because their reports were largely incomplete or suspect. N=130 was used for analysis
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaires were completed either during class or outside of class and returned within a week.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on two questions: A Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DO YOU USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes your average happiness. 10 extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic!) 9 very happy (feeling really good and elated!) 8 pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good) 7 mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful) 6 slightly happy ( just a bit above neutral) 5 slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral) 4 mildly unhappy (just a bit low0 3 pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down0 2 very unhappy ( depressed, spirits very low) 1 extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down) B) Consider your emotions a moment further. On the average, what percentage of the time do you feel Happy? What percent of the time do you feel unhappy? What percent of the time do you feel neutral (neither happy nor unhappy)? Write down your best estimate, as well as you can, in the space below. Make sure the figures add-up to equal 100% The percent of time I felt happy _____% The percent of time I felt unhappy _____% The percent of time I felt neutral _____% Summation: A + % happy on B Name: Fordyce's 'Happiness measure'
ClassificationA-Sum-g-mq-*-111-a
Author's labelFordyce Index of Happiness
Page in publication1014
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on three questions: 'On the average, what percentage of the time do you feel….…' (percentages must add up to 100%) 1 happy 2 unhappy 3 neutral Name: Fordyce % happy scale Variant: % happy
ClassificationA-TH-g-mq-th%-101-aa
Author's labelPercentage of time happy
Page in publication1014
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on three questions: 'On the average, what percentage of the time d you feel….…' (percentages must add up to 100%) 1 happy 2 unhappy 3 neutral Name: Fordyce % happy scale Variant: % unhappy
ClassificationA-TH-g-mq-th%-101-ab
Author's labelPercentage of time unhappy
Page in publication1014
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Dispositional Envy Scale (DES)P04btJealous