Correlational findings

Study Wessman & Ricks (1966): study US 1957

Female college students, Radcliff USA, followed 6 weeks, 1957
N = 21
Non Response:
Mood diary kept 30 days.


Authors's label
Personal moral judgement
Our Classification
Repeated closed question on 'how self- approving, or how guilty, you felt', rated on a 10-point scale:

10. Have a transcendent feeling of mo-
    ral perfection and virtue.
9. I have a sense of extraordinary
    worth and goodness.
8. In high favor with myself. Well up
    to my own best standards.
7. Consider myself pretty close to my
    own best self.
6. By and large, measuring up to most
    of my moral standards.
5. Somewhat short of what I ought to
4. I have a sense of having done wrong
3. Feel that I have failed morally.
2. Heavy laden with my own moral
1. In anguish. Tormented by guilt and

Scale scored each night for the highest, lowest and average experience of the day.
(Wessman & Ricks Personal Moral Judge- ment Scale).

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-ARE-md-sqr-v-10-b r = + p < .05 The means of the lowest, average and highest daily scores were correlated with the mean daily average score on the Elation-Depression Scale (AFF 3.1) during 6 weeks.

Daily highest   : r = +.37 (ns)
Daily average   : r = +.50 (05)
Daily lowest    : r = +.57 (05)