- People in transition, metropolis, USA, 1969
- N = 216
- Non Response:
Half-structured focused interview
- Authors's label
- Mental health: complexity
- Our Classification
- Resource-deficit configuration: the high/high combination is the most "complex", the low/low combination the most "simple".
A. Resources (aspects of positive mental health)
13 characteristics, such as:
- familial mutuality
- self-satisfaction, etc.
rated on the basis of an interview protocol.
B. Deficits (aspects of negative mental health):
5 ratings of mental impairment based on scores on a symptom inventory and analysis of the interview protocol.
Both resource level and deficit levels were devided in three categories: high, middle, low. This allowed nine combinations:
Observed Relation with Happiness
second happy: high/low
third happy: low/low
least happy(ninth): medium/medium
Resource/deficit combinations characteristic of the happiest among:
high school seniors high/high
newly weds medium/low
middle-aged parents medium/low
The correspondence of happiness and "complexity" in mental health declines with age.