Findings on happiness in Bulatao (1973): study PH Manila 1972

Author(s)Bulatao, R.A.
TitleMeasures of Happiness among Manila Residents.
SourcePhilippine Sociological Review, 1973, Vol. 21, 229 - 238
Public21+ aged, general public, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1972
Collect period1-4
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability multi-stage random
 Probability area sample Age 21+.
Respondents N =941
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Considering everything that has happened to you recently, how would you say things are with you - would you say you are.....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Scores in123

Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.991.99

Scores in012345678910

Full textSelfreport on 8 questions: "During the past week, did you ever feel.....?" A Particularly interested in or excited about something B Pleased about having accomplished something C On top of the world D Pity for some people you know E Helpless, with no control over situations F Bored G Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why H Angry about something that usually wouldn't bother you Rating options: 0 never 1 once 2 several times 3 often Summation: Factorially derived clusters: A+B+C+D (Enhancement) E+F+G+H (Discomfort) Affect Balance Score: Enhancement minus Discomfort. Possible range: + 16 to - 16 Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance scale' (modified version)
Author's labelfeelings
Page in publication232
RemarksABS conputed by WDH team: PA: (2.4) - NA (2.1)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -16 - 16On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Attending partiesF06ac01Attendance of parties
Betting or gamblingL18ab01Lottery playing
Change orientationL05ac01aWish to change life
DiscomfortM15ac04bFeeling down (vs not)
Eating in restaurantsL03ac02bEating/drinking out
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Employed statusE02abCurrent employment status
EnhancementM15ac04aFeeling elated (vs not)
Estimate of changes of being robbedV06ad01Perceived chance of becoming victim
Estimate of changes of being robbedL17ac03Perceived safety in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Frequency of shoppingL03ac02iShopping
Going to churchR12ad02Participation in church
Going to the moviesL03ac02aCulture
HappinessH07aa03aO-HL by C-BW
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Living conditions inthe neighbourhoodL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
LonelinessM15ac04bFeeling down (vs not)
Marital happinessM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Participating in sportsS12ab01aActive involvement in sports
Reading newspapersL03ac02hReading