Findings on happiness in Headey & Wearing (1981): study AU AU Victoria 1978 /1

Author(s)Headey, B.; Wearing, A.J.
TitleAustralians' Priorities, Satisfaction and Well-Being.
SourceMonograph in Public Policy Studies, nr. 4, University of Melbourne, 1981, Australia
PublicAdults, general public, Melbourne, Australia, followed 25 months 1978-1981
 A mini-panel of 184 Melbourne respondents who had first been interviewed in November 1978 were re-interviewed in January 1981
Last assesment1981
 T1: 1978 T2 : 1981
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 184 Ss were selected from a larger sample
Respondents N =184
Non Response0
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksSee also HEADE 1981
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)
Author's labelAffect Balance Score
Page in publication53
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in job satisfactionW05aa02bChange in satisfaction with work
Change in satisfaction with friendsF06aa02Change in friendships
Change in satisfaction with healthH14aa02dChange in satisfaction with health
Change in satisfaction with HouseH22aa02Change in housing
Change in satisfaction with leisureL04aa02Change in life-appraisals
Change in satisfaction with leisureL03aa02cChange in satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Change in satisfaction with life concernsS15aa02Summed effects of changes in life
Change in satisfaction with marriageL19aa02Change in love-life
Change in satisfaction with marriageM03aa02bChange in satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Change in satisfaction with organisations you belong toS07acAttitudes to organizational participation
Change in satisfaction with self fulfullmentL04aa02Change in life-appraisals
Change in satisfaction with sex lifeS03aa02Change in sex-life
Change in satisfaction with standard of livingI01aa02eChange in attitude to income
Change in satisfaction with suburbL16aa02cChange in satisfaction with residence