- 18+ aged, general public, USA, 1973/7
- N = 222
- Non Response:
Using highly structured questionnaires.
- Authors's label
- Perceived overall life quality compared to others
- Our Classification
- Closed question: "Now let's compare your life...with the lives of six people you know well. It does not matter to us who these people are, but for your convenience write down the initials of each person in the boxes provided below. (Think of real people you meet from time to time.) Under each set of initials put a 'B' if you think that on the whole your life is better for you than that person's would be. Put an 'S' if yours seems about the same for you as that person's would be. Put a 'W' if yours seems worse for you than that person's would be."
Measure: average of up to six ratings, where B=3, S=2 and W=1
Observed Relation with Happiness
at the beginning, in the middle and at the end.
O-DT asked first : r=+.20
O-DT asked second: r=+.10
O-DT asked third : r=+.20
Index of negative affects: r=-.00