Correlational findings

Study Debats (1990): study NL 1985

18-46 aged undergraduate psychology students, Nerherlands, 198?
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 122
Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)


Authors's Label
Life Regard Index
Our Classification
Error Estimates
Cronbach alpha full scale: .86
a-g positive statements, h-n negative statements reverse coded
Self report on 28 questions half phrased positively and half negatively.

A     Framework subscale
Aa. I feel like I have found a really significant meaning for leading my life.
Ab: I have really come to terms with what's important for me in my life.
Ac: I have a system or framework that allows me to truly understand my being alive.
Ad: I have a very clear idea of what I'd like to do with my life.
Ae: There are things that I devote all my life's energy to.
Af: I have a philosophy of life that really gives my living significance.
Ag:  I have some aims and goals that would personally give me a great deal of satisfaction if I could accomplish them.
Ah: I just don't know what I really want to do with my life.
Ai: I really don't have much of a purpose for living, even for myself.
Aj: I need to find something that I can really be committed to.
Ak: I get completely confused when I try to understand my life.
Al: There honestly isn't anything that I totally want to do.
Am:  I really don't believe in anything about my life very deeply.
An. Other people seem to have a much better idea of what they want to do with their lives than I do.

B     Framnework subscale
Ba: I have real passion in my life.
Bb;. I really feel good about my life.
Bjc;  Living is deeply fulfilling.
Bd:: I feel that I am living fully.
Be: I feel that I'm really going to attain what I want in life.
Bf:. I get so excited by what I'm doing that I find new stores of energy I didn't know that I had.
Bg:. When I look at my life I feel the satisfaction of really having worked to accomplish something.
Bh. I don't seem to be able to accomplish those things that are really important to me.
Bi: Other people seem to feel better about their lives than I do.
Bj: I have a lot of potential that I don't normally use.
Bk:I spend most of my time doing things that really aren't very important to me.
Bl: Something seems to stop me from doing what I really want to do.
Bm. Nothing very outstanding ever seems to happen to me.
Bn. I don't really-value what I'm doing.


Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-u-sq-v-4-d Chi² = 30,2 p < .001 O-SLu-c-sq-v-4-m Chi² = 17,6 p < .001