Findings on happiness in Fordyce (1983): study US 1980 /3

Author(s)Fordyce, M.W.
TitleA Program to Increase Happiness: Further Studies.
SourceJournal of Counseling Psychology, 1983, Vol. 30, 483 - 498
DOIDOI: 10.1037/0022-0167.30.4.483
PublicStudent, participants in a happiness training 9-18 months ago, USA 198?
 Study 7
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Follow up on studies 4-6
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Students who had followed a course on happiness 9-18 months ago and had been invited to do corresponding exercises on a 'take of leave it' basis
Respondents N =69
Non Response37%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksYear of study not reported, Assumend 1980
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on two questions: A Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DO YOU USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes your average happiness. 10 extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic!) 9 very happy (feeling really good and elated!) 8 pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good) 7 mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful) 6 slightly happy ( just a bit above neutral) 5 slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral) 4 mildly unhappy (just a bit low0 3 pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down0 2 very unhappy ( depressed, spirits very low) 1 extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down) B) Consider your emotions a moment further. On the average, what percentage of the time do you feel Happy? What percent of the time do you feel unhappy? What percent of the time do you feel neutral (neither happy nor unhappy)? Write down your best estimate, as well as you can, in the space below. Make sure the figures add-up to equal 100% The percent of time I felt happy _____% The percent of time I felt unhappy _____% The percent of time I felt neutral _____% Summation: A + % happy on B Name: Fordyce's 'Happiness measure'
Author's labelhappiness
Page in publication514
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Program to increase personal happinessH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Program to increase personal happinessH16ad03dHappiness education, also classified as above ↑
Program to increase personal happinessH16ag02cdMandatory, also classified as above ↑
Program to increase personal happinessH16ae07Multiple techniques, also classified as above ↑
Program to increase personal happinessH16af03School, also classified as above ↑