Findings on happiness in Palisi (1985a): study ZZ Western nations 1977 /1

Author(s)Palisi, B.J.
TitleInteraction with Kin, Social-Status and Well-Being.
SourceInternational Journal of Comparative Sociology, 1985, Vol. 24, 14 - 34
DOIDOI: 10.1163/156854285X00141
PublicMales, metropolitan areas: London, Los Angeles and Sydney, 1977-80
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability systematic sample
 Probability systematic random samples, using telephone directories in London and voting lists in Los Angeles and Sydney. Overrepresentation of middle class and underrepresentation of the very poor and young adults. In Sydney overrepresentation of the young and in London overrepresentation of higher occupations.
Respondents N =752
 London 226, L.A. 292, Sydney 234
Non Response67 %
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
General remarksSame study also reported in PALIS 1980, 1983, 1984A, 1984B, 1985A and 1985C
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "......happiness during past few weeks....." (Full lead not reported) 4 very happy 3 2 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

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 labelOverall well-being
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Interaction with extended kinF03ab02Contacts with relatives
Interaction with household membersF03ab02Contacts with relatives
Interaction with household membersI07ab03Frequency of intimate contacts, also classified as above ↑
Interaction with household membersH20ac02Intimacy with household-members, also classified as above ↑
Joint companionship with spouseM03ab05Shared activities
Parallel companionship with spouseM03ab05Shared activities
Visiting extended kinF03ab02Contacts with relatives