Correlational findings

Study McCrae & Costa (1991): study US Baltimore County, Maryland 1979

Single males and couples Baltimore USA, followed 7 years, 1979-86
N = 429
Non Response:
Questionnaire: paper


Authors's label
Affect Balance Score
Our Classification
Selfreport on 10 questions:
During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....?  (yes/no)
A   Particularly exited or interested in something?
B   So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
C   Proud because someone complimented you on something  
     you had done?
D   Very lonely or remote from other people?
E   Pleased about having accomplished something?
F   Bored?
G   On top of the world?
H   Depressed or very unhappy?
I    That things were going your way?
J    Upset because someone criticized you?

Answer options and scoring:
yes = 1
no  = 0
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.54 p < .01 T1 happiness (Delighted-Terrible) by T1 happiness (Affect Balance) O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.59 p < .01 T2 happiness (Delighted-Terrible) by T2 happiness (Affect Balance