Correlational findings

Study Mellor et al. (1999): study AU 1994

18-25 aged students, Australia, 1994
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 42
Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)
Comprehensive Quality of Life Scale (ComQol)-adult version, Single-item seven point Likert scale & an own imaginary scale of life satisfaction (thermometer). The first one mearuses the level of perceived satisfaction with each of seven domains as follows: material well-being, health, productivity, intimacy, safety, community and amotional well-being (0-100 scale). This is measured by having the subject tell their best or worst life scenario. In the second one participants responded to a single item question about their life satisfaction. The last one is an indication of the position of the participants on their own imaginary scale of life satisfaction.


Authors's Label
Sequence of questions on best or worst possible life
Our Classification
N = a: 10, b: 10
Before answering a question on life-satisfaction type C-BW, respondents were asked to imagine what particular circumstances that could have produced the best of the worst possible life for them. These life-scenario's were discussed with the interviewer in two conditions:
a: worst life first
b: best life first

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-n-101-a DM = ns a: worst life first  M = 73,3 SD = 18
b: best life first   M = 79,0 SD = 5,9
-  difference            +5,7