Findings on happiness in Wilson (1965): study US 1960

Author(s)Wilson, W.R.
TitleRelations of Sexual Behaviors, Values and Conflicts to Avowed Happiness.
SourcePsychological Reports, 1965, Vol. 17, 371 - 378
PublicCollege students, undergraduates, Hawaii, USA, 196?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability accidental sample using volunteering attendants of several psychology and anthropology courses.
Respondents N =101
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire completed in class
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Lead item not reported 11 completely and supremely happy, tremendous joy and elation all the time 10 9 8 very happy most of the time 7 6 happy most of the time 5 4 . not very happy most of the time 3 2. 1 completely utterly unhappy, terrible depression and gloom all the time (originally presented horizontally)
Author's labelHappiness.
RemarksSlightly positively skewed actual range: 1-9
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age.A04abCurrent age (in years)
Liberal sexual attitudeS03ad01Restrictiveness of own attitude to sex
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Perceived liberalityof sexual attitudes of othersS03ac02Problems with sex
Perceived liberalityof sexual attitudes of parents.F01af01bAttitudes of parents
Religiousness.R12af02Self-definition as religious
Sexual conflict.S03ac03Satisfaction with sex-life