Findings on happiness in Sudman (1967): study US 1964 /1

Author(s)Sudman, S.
TitleReducing the Cost of Surveys.
SourceAldine, 1967, Chicago, USA
PublicAdults, general public, USA, 1964
Collect periodspring-summer
 Findings reported table 9.3 on page 171 of this report not included in this excerpt, since high or low 'affect level' in that context is not about degree of happiness, but emotionality, 'high' meaning that respondenst scored high on both positive and negative affect. The term 'affect level'is used oin another meaning in the tables 9.4 and 9.5.
Survey nameUS-NORC-160
 National Opinion Research Center
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =2084
Non Responsenot reported
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Mixed methods: face-to face, telephone and written questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 9 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) 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): AC+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +4 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (adjusted version 'exited/interested' item dropped)
Author's labelAffect level
Page in publication171
RemarksHigh affect level: high scores on both positive and negative feelings; low afffect level: low on both positive and negative feelings Medium affect level: positive high, negative low score or negative high and positive low and both medium score: not reported
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Length of response to question about concernsC09abCurrent concerns
Length of response to question about concernsW07ab02Specific worries , also classified as above ↑