Findings on happiness in Cantril (1965): study PL 1962

Publication
Author(s)Cantril, H.
TitleThe Pattern of Human Concern.
SourceRutgers University Press, 1965, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Poland, 1962
Collect periodspring
Survey nameCantril World Survey
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Probability samples of urban and rural population.
Respondents N =1464
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication63, 353
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean4.434.43
Standard deviation1.891.89

Scores in012345678910
%1.14.28.220.619.223.110.78.23.91.11.1

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Community sizeL14ab02Community size
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
OccupationO01abCurrent occupation