Findings on happiness in Diener (2001a): study ZA 1995

Author(s)Diener, E.
TitleHappiness in International Study of Student Wellbeing
SourcePersonal communication; data file
PublicStudents, South Africa, 1995
Survey nameISSW 1995
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =370
Non Response0
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole right now.....? 7 delightful 6 very satisfying 5 satisfying 4 neutral 3 dissatisfying 2 very dissatisfying 1 terrible No opinion Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' ( modified version)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.29

Full textSelfreport on four questions: Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding. A In most ways my life is close to ideal B The conditions of my life are excellent C I am satisfied with my life D So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life Answers rated: 7 strongly agree 6 agree 5 slightly agree 4 neither agree nor disagree 3 slightly disagree 2 disagree 1 strongly disagree Computation: A+B+C+D divided by 4 Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)
RemarksValid responses: 366
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.382.30