Findings on happiness in McKinley Runyan (1980): study US 1932

Publication
Author(s)McKinley Runyan, W.
TitleThe Life Satisfaction Chart: Perceptions of the Course of Subjective Experience.
SourceInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development, 1980, Vol. 11, 45 - 64
Investigation
PublicHighschool pupils, Oakland, USA, 1932, followed from age 12 to 38, 1959
Last assesment1959
 T1: 1932, T2: 1958/59
Survey nameNot available
 Oakland Growth Study (OGS)
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 The data for this study come from the Oakland Growth Study (OGS), which began in 1932 with a sample of 212 fifth and sixth graders in Oakland, California. The information on recollected life satisfaction comes from a follow-up in 1958-59, when study members were approximately thirty-eight years old. There were ninety-one persons (46 females, 45 males) who completed the Life Satisfaction Chart as part of this follow-up.
Respondents N =91
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Lengthy, tests and school photographs. Participants were asked to rate the level of satisfaction in each year of their past life on a graph with values ranging from 1 (low) to 9 (high) and to write in the events and conditions associated with these ratings ("We would like for you to think over your life and then rate each year as to whether it was a high or a low point in your life, i.e., your overall feeling, not necessarily financial success or health, etc., but generally speaking feeling of well-being however determined".)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on life graph 'We would like for you to think over your life and then rate each year as to whether it was a high or a low point in your life, i.e., your overall feeling, not necessarily financial success or health, etc, but generally speaking a feeling of wellbeing, however determined. 9 | high | 8 | | 7 | | 6 | | 5 | | 4 | | 3 | | 2 | | 1 | low |______________________________________________ 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 The last score represents present happiness
ClassificationO-HL-cy-sq-lg-9-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication48
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 9On range 0 - 10
Mean5.236.54
Standard deviation1.71


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Defense mechanism of denial.P05atDefensive
Early versus late maturationB03ab03Change in body
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Prettiness in adolescenceA07aa01Earlier appearance
Upward social mobilityS05ab01Inter-generational mobility