Findings on happiness in Hay (1979): study GB 1976

Author(s)Hay, D.
TitleThe Spiritual Experiences of the British.
SourceNew Society, 1979, Vol. 48, 72 - 74
PublicAdult, general public, Great Britain, 1976
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Stratified sample
Respondents N =2000
Non Response?
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Partly highly structured, partly focused open-ended interview
General remarksData also reported in: Hay & Monsy (1978) "Ecstatic, Paranormal or Religious Experience in Britain and USA: a comparison of trends". In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1978.
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 labelPsychological well-being
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Spiritual experiencesR12aeCurrent religious experiences