Findings on happiness in Campbell (1981): study US 1978

Publication
Author(s)Campbell, A.
TitleThe Sense of Well-Being in America.
SourceMcGraw-Hill, 1981, New York, USA
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1978
Collect period2
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability simple random sample
Respondents N =3692
Non Responseabout 20 %
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 at home
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)
ClassificationA-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's labelPositive and negative affects
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean2.007.00
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....? 7 completely satisfied 6 5 4 neutral 3 2 1 completely dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a
Author's labelSatisfaction with life as a whole
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication21
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Mean2.207.22
Standard deviation0.601.56

Scores in123
%10.060.030.0

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Level of educationE01ab02Level of school-education
Satisfaction with amount of educationE01ad03Satisfaction with education
Satisfaction with communityL17ac01Attitude to community
Satisfaction with family incomeI01af05aSatisfaction with income
Satisfaction with family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with houseworkW05ad03aSatisfaction with home-making
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with life in the U.S.A.N01ac01Satisfaction with life in the country in general
Satisfaction with neighbourhoodL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
Satisfaction with savingsP12acAttitudes to one's possessions
Satisfaction with selfS02ae01Satisfaction with oneself-as-a-person
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05aSatisfaction with income
Satisfaction with workW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfied with friendshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfied with marriageM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage