- 18+ aged, general public, USA, 1973/7
- N = 222
- Non Response:
Using highly structured questionnaires.
- Authors's label
- Perceived overall life quality compared to compatriots
- Our Classification
- Closed question: "If all the adults in the United States were represented by cards - one person per card - and if you were sorting everyone into seven piles ordered from those who had the best kind of life to those who had the worst kind of life, some people would have to fall in the middle pile. We have drawn a line to represent the height of the pile of cards, representing people in the middle group. Draw lines up from each of the other six points to show about how many people you think would be in the other piles. Just make your best guess. Draw a circle around the letter under the pile in which you would put your own life."
On the bases of the responses two measures were derived.
a category selected as the one "in
which you would put your own life"
b decile position, as calculated from
respondent's perceived position
within the distribution he gave
Observed Relation with Happiness
at the beginning, in the middle and at the end.
Measure a: (score)
O-DT asked first : r=+.40
O-DT asked second: r=+.30
HAP 4.1 asked third : r=+.30
Index of positive affects: r=-.30
O-DT asked first : r=+.30
O-DT asked second: r=+.20
O-DT asked third : r=+.30
Index of negative affects: r=+.10