- 18-65 aged, general public, followed 6 years, Melbourne, Australia, 1981-87
- N = 649
- Non Response
- Attrition T1-T4: 31%
- Interview: face-to-face
- Authors's Label
- Percieved unfulfilled aspirations
- Our Classification
- Two indentical indices consisting of four closed identical questions concerning the life the Ss expectated(1), aspired(2), deserved(3) and the actual present life(4), all rated on a 20 step ladder-scale. 0: the worst possible life you could imagine, 20: the best possible life.
The score on question 4 was then subtracted from the mean of questions 1+2+3.
Indices assessed at 20 minutes intervals at T1(1981), T2(1983), T3(1985) and T4(1987).
Observed Relation with Happiness
Effect assessed at T1, T2, T3 and T4.
Effects assumed to be identical at all times.
ßL is the path-coefficient in a four wave LISREL model. T1 sex, age, SES, extraversion and neuroticism are controlled.