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

Author(s)Cantril, H.
TitleThe Pattern of Human Concern.
SourceRutgers University Press, 1965, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Public21+ aged, general public, Yugoslavia, 1962
Collect periodspring
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
Respondents N =1523
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)
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication57, 355
RemarksData on Croatians and Slovenians in this sample are reported separately with the (later formed) nations Croatia and Slovenia.
DKNA %1.0
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.052.05

Scores in012345678910

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Being a housewifeE02ab01Full-time home maker
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
EthnicityE04ab03vEthnic status in (former) Yugoslavia
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
OccupationO01abCurrent occupation
Positive evaluation of present national situationN01ab02Evaluation of current situation of nation
Socio-economic levelS09abCurrent socio-economic status
Urban dwellingL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling