Findings on happiness in Feldman (1984): study US California 1921

Author(s)Feldman, D.H.
TitleA Follow-up of Subjects Scoring above 180 I.Q. in Terman's "Genetic Studies of Genius".
SourceExceptional Children, 1984, Vol. 50, 518 - 523
PublicGifted children (IQ >140), California, USA, followed 60 years, 1921-1972
Last assesment1972
 T1: 1921 T9: 1972
Survey nameNot available
 Terman's (1959) "Genetic Studies of Genius". Happiness of gifted women also reported in Sears 1977
SampleNot available
 Non-probability purposive contrast samples. In 1922 1500 subjects were selected who scored 140 or more on an IQ test. These subjects were followed into adulthood. The last interview took place in 1972, when the subjects were in their sixties. Of these subjects 26 had scored 180 or more (7 women, 19 men). These very gifted were compared with 26 gifted, ramdomly drawn from the study group at large (11 women, 15 men).
Respondents N =52
Non ResponseAttrition at T9: 25%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Repeated interviews and questionaires
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 2 questions: A. "How important was each of the following goals in life in the plans you made for yourself in early adulthood?" - occupational success - family life - friendships - richness of cultural life - total service to society. 1 less important to me than to most people 2 3 4 5 of prime importance to me B. "How successful have you been in the pursuit of these goals?" 1 little satisfaction in this area 2 3 4 5 had excellent fortune in this respect Computation: General Satisfaction 5 is the quotient obtained by multiplying the planned goal (early adulthood) by the reported success in attaining that goal, adding the five of these multiplied areas and dividing them by the sum of the planned goals for each of the areas. Pa.Sa + Pb.Sb + Pc.Sc + Pd.Sd + Pe.Se ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pa + Pb + Pc + Pd + Pe Pa = planned goal a (1-5) Sa = success goal a (1-5)
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