Findings on happiness in Cantril (1965): study IL 1961

Author(s)Cantril, H.
TitleThe Pattern of Human Concern.
SourceRutgers University Press, 1965, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Public20+ aged general public, Israel, 1961-62
Survey nameCantril World Survey
SampleNot available
 Pooled probability samples in November 1961 and June 1962.
Respondents N =1170
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksSee also CANTR 1965/16
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 publication104, 369
Remarks19% low, 50% medium, 29% high
DKNA %2.0
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.252.25

Scores in012345678910

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
ClassS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
IncomeS09abCurrent socio-economic status
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Positive evaluation of present national situationN01ab02Evaluation of current situation of one's nation
RegionL14aa01aChange community size
RegionL14ab02Community size, also classified as above ↑
RegionL14aa01Earlier community size, also classified as above ↑
RegionC07ab02Living in communal settlement, also classified as above ↑
RegionR01ab15Region in Israel, also classified as above ↑
Region in IsraelR01ab15Region in Israel
Socio-economic levelS09abCurrent socio-economic status