Findings on happiness in Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973 /2

Author(s)Andrews, F.M.; Withey, S.B.
TitleSocial Indicators of Well-Being. Americans Perceptions of Life Quality.
SourcePlenum Press, 1976, New York, USA
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-1973
Collect period11
 1972/11 + 1973/4-7
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Joint sample consisting of 3 samples from different surveys (US 1973/3, ANDRE 1973/4 and ANDRE 1973/5). All samples were probability area samples of adults (age 18+) living in non-institutional dwelling units of the 48 coterminious states. The samples were limited to American citizens, and were ot tested for representativeness, but no gross biases were expected.
Respondents N =2727
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 using highly structured questionnaires
General remarksSee also US 1973 and US 1973/3, US 1973/4 and US 1973/5
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question, asked twice in interview: How do you feel about your life as a whole......? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Summation: arithmetic mean Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version) Also known as Lehman's 'Global lifesatisfaction'
Author's labelLife3 (G3) + Life 1 (G1)
Page in publication208, 209
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.99

Scores in1234567

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Satisfaction with close adult relativesF03ac03Satisfaction with close adult relatives
Satisfaction with costs of living, taxesN04ad04Satisfaction with costs of living in nation
Satisfaction with fair and rightful treatment by othersN07ac01Satisfaction with fair treatment in nation
Satisfaction with family (activities and responsibility)F03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with health, physical workW05ad02Satisfaction with aspects of work
Satisfaction with house, apartmentH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with income, standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with jobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with local governmentP09ag01bAttitudes to local government
Satisfaction with local weatherL13ac02aAttitude to local climate
Satisfaction with marriage, family lifeF02ag02Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with mediaN02ac02Satisfaction with media in nation
Satisfaction with mobilityL12ac02ahSatisfaction with local transport
Satisfaction with national governmentP09ag01aAttitudes to national government
Satisfaction with neighbors and neigh-borhoodL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
Satisfaction with neighbors and neigh-borhoodL17ab01cSocial contacts in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with oneselfS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self
Satisfaction with religious faith, fulfillmentR12af03Satisfaction with religion
Satisfaction with respect and acceptance by othersP10acAttitudes to own popularity
Satisfaction with respect and acceptance by othersN07ac02Satisfaction with respect for rights in nation, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with safetyV06adAttitudes to victimization
Satisfaction with safetyM15ac11Feeling secure (vs threatened), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with safetyL17ab02bSatisfaction with safety in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with spare time, pressureL03ad03aSatisfaction with time for leisure
Satisfaction with standards and valuesV03abAttitudes to value-climate
Satisfaction with standards and valuesN02ac01Satisfaction with moral climate , also classified as above ↑