Correlational findings

Study Bradburn & Caplovitz (1965): study US Illinois 1962

Adult, general public, 4 towns, varying in economic prosperity, Illinois, USA, 1962
N = 2006
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Relative balance of posit. and negative feelings(aff.balan.)
Our Classification
Happiness measure type A-AB
Related specification variables
Selfreport on 9 questions:
We are interested in the way people are feeling these days. The following list describes some of the ways people feel at different times. Please indicate how often you felt each way during the last week.
How often last week did you feel .....?
A  On the top of the world
B  Very lonely or remote from other people
C  Particularly excited or interested in something
D  Depressed or very unhappy
E   Pleased about having accomplished something
F   Bored
G  Proud because someone complimented you on something  
     you had done
H  So restless you couldn't sit long in a chair
I    Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why

Answer options:
0  not at all
1  once
2  several times
3  often

Positive Affect Score (PAS): summed scores on A, C, E, G
Negative Affect Score (NAS): summed scores on B, D, F, H, I
Affect Balance Score (ABS):  PAS minus NAS

Possible range:  -15 tot +12

Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance Scale' (modified version)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa G = +.50 p < .01 Index of Positive Affects:  G' = +.38 (01)
Stronger among males
Index of Negative Affects:  G' = -.49 (01)