Findings on happiness in Hall (1976): study GB 1971

Author(s)Hall, J.
TitleSubjective Measures of Quality of Life in Britain, 1971 to 1975: Some Developments and Trends.
SourceSocial Trends, 1976, Vol. 7, 47 - 60
PublicAdults, general public, Great Britain, 1971-1975
Collect period10-11
 Oct-Nov '71, Oct-Dec '73, Mar-May '75
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Conducted by Social Science Research Council Survey Unit
SampleNot available
 1971: Non-probability quota sample in 7 major con-urbation.(See also HALL 1973). 1973 and 1975: Probability samples dran from electeval registers in urban areas of Great-Brittain.
Respondents N =593
 1971: 593, 1973: 966, 1975: 932
Non Response?
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksData of the 1971 study also reported in HALL 1973. Data of the 1975 study also reported in BRISC 1982.
Happiness measure(s) used
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 labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication58
RemarksPA; 2,5; NA: 1,1
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelf rating on single question: "All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you overall with your life as a whole these days?" Rated on ladder scale [ 10 ] completely satisfied [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ 0 ] completely dissatisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Remarks1971: Ms'= 7.8 (recalculated from 7-point scale) 1973: Ms = 7.6 1975: Ms = 7.8 0-4: 3%, 5-7: 29%, 8-9: 48%, 10=20%,
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Satisfaction with being a housewifeE02ag06aSatisfaction with being a house-wife
Satisfaction with democracyP09ag03Attitudes to democracy
Satisfaction with districtL16ac01Attitude to region
Satisfaction with educationE01ad04Satisfaction with education
Satisfaction with family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with financial situationI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with houseH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with jobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with leisureL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with life in BritainN01ac01Satisfaction with life in nation in general
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with townL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment