Findings on happiness in Phillips (1967a): study US NewHampshire 1962

Author(s)Phillips, D.L.
TitleSocial Participation and Happiness.
SourceAmerican Journal of Sociology, 1967, Vol. 72, 479 - 488
Public21+ aged, general public, New Hampshire, USA, 196?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability sample.
Respondents N =600
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 at home
General remarksSame study also reported in PHILL 1967B and PHILL 1969. These latter two publications report elaborations of zero-order correlations presented in this one. These elaborations are included in this excerpt. Gammas (G') based on the proportions 'very happy' answers (first indicatort), or on the proportions 'high positive' or 'high negative' feelings (second indicator). Data: study 750 National Opion Research Center (NORC) Michigan.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together: how happy would you say you are? Would you say you are? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.601.57

Scores in123

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)
Author's labelAffect
RemarksPossible range: -5 (low) to +5 (high) Actual range: 19% +3 or more, 40% +1 or 2, 19% 0, 22% -1 or less
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Affect BalanceH07aa02bO-HL by A-AB
AgeA04ab01Young versus old
Catholic religionR10acCurrent religious denomination
Contacts with friendsF06acCurrent contacts with friends
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Number of neighbors knownS06abCurrent contacts
Number of neighbors knownL17ab01bLocal social contacts, also classified as above ↑
Organizational activityS07ab02Attendance to meetings
Social participationS08abCurrent total social participation