Findings on happiness in Bortner & Hultsch (1974): study US 1959

Publication
Author(s)Bortner, R.W.; Hultsch, D.F.
TitlePatterns of Subjective Deprivation in Adulthood.
SourceDevelopmental Psychology, 1974, Vol. 10, 534 - 545
Investigation
Public21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959
Survey nameNot available
 Cantril USA sample. See CANTR 1965. Same data also reported BORTN 1970.
SampleNot available
Respondents N =1294
Non Response17% incomplete information
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How would you rate yourself as to how successful or unsuccessful you have been in terms of achieving your own goals and aims in life? Think of the top of the ladder as being completely successful, the bottom being entirely unsuccessful [ 10 ] completely successful [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] entirely unsuccessful
ClassificationC-RG-h-sq-l-11-a
Author's labelSuccess in goals
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question : "Some people seem to be quite happy and satisfied with their lives, while others seem quite unhappy and dissatisfied. Now look at this ladder (again). Suppose that a person who is entirely satisfied with his life would be at the top of the ladder and a person who is extremely dissatisfied with his life would be at the bottom of the ladder. Where would you put yourself on the ladder at the present stage of your life in terms of how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your personal life?" [ 10 ] entirely satisfied [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] entirely dissatisfied Name Cantril ladder rating (modified version)
ClassificationO-SLP-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Type of deprivationH04aaPerceived happiness career