Findings on happiness in Palisi (1986): study US 1977

Author(s)Palisi, B.J.
TitleFriendship in Three Metropolitan Areas: Cross-Cultural Evidence of its Voluntariness.
SourceJournal of Voluntary Action Research, 1986, Vol. 15, 67 - 78
DOIDOI: 10.1177/089976408601500408
PublicMales, metropolitan areas: London, Los Angeles and Sydney, 1977-80
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability systematic random samples, using telephone directories in London and voting lists in L.A. 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 1983, PALIS 1984A, 1984B and PALIS 1985A, 1985B, 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
RemarksLondon: 30% very happy, 47% happy, 23% less M=2.07 Ms'=5.4 Los Angeles: 22% very happy, 48% happy, 30% less M=1.92 Ms'=4.6 Sydney: 19% very happy, 42% happy, 39% less M=1.80 Ms'=4.0
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 labelFeelings
RemarksLondon: high 20%, medium 74%, low 6% M=2.14 Ms'=5.7 Los Angeles: high 45%, medium 48%, low 7% M=2.38 Ms'=6.9 Sydney: high 29%, medium 65%, low 6% M=2.23 Ms'=6.2
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Discussions with friendsF06ac03Intimate discussions
Visiting friendsF06ac06Visits to friends