Findings on happiness in Sudman (1967): study US 1964

Author(s)Sudman, S.
TitleReducing the Cost of Surveys.
SourceAldine, 1967, Chicago, USA
PublicAdults, general public, USA, 1964
Collect periodspring-summer
Survey nameUS-NORC-160
 National Opinion Research Center
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =2084
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Mixed methods: face-to-face, telephone and written questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelthose answering very happy
Page in publication55
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Full textSelfreport on 9 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): AC+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +4 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (adjusted version 'exited/interested' item dropped)
Author's labelAffect level
Page in publication171
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Catholic and Protestant Interviews and Self-administered Q'sR12acCurrent religious denomination
Interview techniqueI06aa03Method of interrogation