Findings on happiness in Thurnher (1983): study US 1969

Publication
Author(s)Thurnher, M.
TitleTurning Points and Developmental Change: Subjective and 'Objective' Assessments.
SourceAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 1983, Vol. 53, 52 - 60
Investigation
PublicPeople in transition, followed 8 years, Metropolis USA, 1969-77
Last assesment1977
 T1:1969, T2:1977
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability purposive samples selected at the beginning of the longitudinal study in 1969: 1. High school seniors (facing college, job, marriage) Chunk sample: class of senior high school 2. Newly weds (facing parenthood) Snowball sample: recruted by respondents and marriage lists 3. Middle aged parents (facing empty nest) Chunk sample: parents of high school students 4. Elderly planning to retire Snowball sample: recruted by respondents and organisations
Respondents N =180
 At T1 N was 216
Non ResponseSample attrition: 17%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Lengthy interviews
General remarksSee also: CHIRI 1977, 1982, 1984; FISKE 1985; LOWEN 1975
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 3 questions: A. " Dissatisfied" and "Unhappy" responses on the Block (1961) Adjective Rating List. B. Overall happiness. Single direct question: "Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .......?" 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy C. Present-year score on Life-Evaluation Chart, ranging from: 1 low 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 high
ClassificationO-Sum-u-mq-*-0-a
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on 8 questions. "During the past week, did you ever feel.....?" A very lonely B restless C bored D depressed E on top of the world F exited or interested G pleased about accomplishment H proud Answer options: 1 never 2 once 3 several times 4 often Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): E+F+G+H -Negative Affect Score (NAS): A+B+C+D -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS-NAS+13 Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale (modified version)
ClassificationA-BB-cw-mq-v-4-d
Author's labelAffect Balance Score
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Change in happinessH04ab02aChange over life time
Perceived turning point impact in lifeL06ab01aMajor life-change or not