Findings on happiness in Hay & Morisy (1978): study GB 1976

Author(s)Hay, D.; Morisy, A.
TitleReports of Esctatic, Paranormal, or Religious Experience in Great Britain and the United States: A Comparison of Trends.
SourceJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1978, Vol. 17, 255 - 268
PublicGeneral public, Great Britain, 1976
Collect periodend of year
Survey nameOmnibus Survey
 The questions of this survey was placed in one of the regular omnibus surveys conducted in Great Britain by National Opinion Polls Ltd.
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =1865
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly exited or interested in something? 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): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
RemarksHigh ( > +1): N = 830; Low ( < +2): N = 838 Full distribution was not reported.
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Religious experienceR10afAttitudes to religion
Religious experienceR10ab04bBelief in god, also classified as above ↑
Religious experienceR10aeCurrent religious experiences, also classified as above ↑