Findings on happiness in Bortner et al. (1974): study ZZ Various nation sets 1962

Author(s)Bortner, R.W.; Bohn, C.J.; Hultsch, D.F.
TitleA Cross-Cultural Study of the Effects of Children on Parental Assessment of Past, Present and Future.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1974, Vol. 36, 370 - 378
Public21+ aged, married, Dominican Republic, Yugoslavia, Panama, 1962
Survey nameNot available
 Cantril (1965) world survey.
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Married persons selected from probability sample of the general population.
Respondents N =4113
 Dominican Republic (1977), Yugoslavia (1177), Panama (595)
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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 labelPresent rating
Page in publication373
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Has children (vs not)C03abCurrent parental status
SexeG01aaSex (male vs female)