Findings on happiness in Lewis & Joseph (1996a): study GB 1993

Publication
Author(s)Lewis, C.A.; Joseph, S.
TitleConvergent Validity of the Depression-Happiness Scale with Measures of Happiness and Satisfaction with Life.
SourcePsychological Reoports, 1995, Vol. 76, 876 - 878
Investigation
PublicStudents, Northern Ireland, 1993
 Undergraduate students (age from 17-46 years), University of Ulster at Coleraine Males: 6, Females: 57
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =63
Non Response0
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire completed in class
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 25 questions: A number of statements that people have used to describe how they feel are given below. Read each one and circle the number that best describes how frequently that statement was true for you in the past seven days, including today. Some statements describe positive feelings and some describe negative feelings. You may have experienced both positive and negative feelings at different times in the past week. A I felt sad B I felt I had failed as a person C I felt dissatisfied with my life D I felt mentally alert E I felt disappointed with myself F I felt cheerful G I felt life wasn't worth living H I felt satisfied with my life I I felt healthy J I felt life crying K I felt I had been successful L I felt happy M I felt I couldn't make decisions N I felt unattractive O I felt optimistic about the future P I felt life was rewording Q I felt cheerless R I felt life has a purpose S I felt too tired to do anything T I felt pleased with the way I am U I felt lethargic V I found it easy to make decisions W I felt life was enjoyable X I felt life was meaningless Y I felt run down Answer options: 0 never 1 rarely 2 sometimes 3 often Negative affect score (NAS): A, B, C, E, G, J, M, N, Q, S, U, X, Y. Positive affect score (PAS): D, F, H, I, K, L, O, P, R, T, V, W. Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS + 39 Name: McGreal & Joseph 'Depression-Happiness Scale' (DHS)
ClassificationA-BMc-cw-mq-v-4-a
Error estimatesCronbach alpha 0.90
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 75On range 0 - 10
Mean20.70
Standard deviation4.80


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
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
RemarksDistribution of responses not reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....? 7 completely satisfied 6 5 4 neutral 3 2 1 completely dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a
RemarksDistribution of responses not reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
happinessH07aa02Overall Happiness and Hedonic Affect-level
life satisfactionH07ab01Hedonic level and overall happiness
Satisfaction with Life ScaleL04ahHappiness inventories involving unacceptable items