Findings on happiness in Gordon (1975): study US 1973

Author(s)Gordon, R.M.
TitleThe Effects of Interpersonal and Economic Resources upon Values and the Quality of Life.
SourceUnpublished PhD Dissertation, Dept. of Social Psychology, Temple University, 1975, Pennsylvania, USA
PublicUndergraduate students, Temple University, Pennsylvania, USA, 1973
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability chunk sample. Undergraduate students were asked, in the classrooms, to cooperate with the survey, as part of a workshop program. 346 students out of a total sample of 669 students administered a 'resources and happiness' questionnaire. Sample distribution:166 female students, 180 male students; age ranging from 16 to 61, mean age 23.
Respondents N =346
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire completed in class
General remarks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Generally, how happy are you.....? 1 not at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 completely (Originally presented on a horizontal line scale)
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 9On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.80

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Financial securityI01ac02Subjective poverty
GoodsP12ab02Specific possessions
InformationL04ac01jInteresting (vs boring)
MoneyI01ab03Household income
ServicesS10ab01Amount of current support received
Sex lifeS03ab01Sexual activity
StatusS02ag01aSelf perceived recognition