- 18-55 aged, general public, New York City, 1979
- N = 602
- Non Response
- Interview: face-to-face
- Authors's Label
- Our Classification
- 8-item index of questions on locus of control, pessimism and distrust:
1: it is hard to figure out who you can really trust these days.
2: the life of teh average person in
this neighborhood is getting worse.
3: making it is more dependent on luck
than real ability.
4: these days a person doesn't know he
can count on.
5: there are so many ideas about what
is right or wrong these days that
it is hard to figure out how to
live your life.
6: too many people in this neighborhood
are just out for themselves and
don't really care for anyone else.
7: many people in this neighborhood are
lonely and unrelated to other human
8: it is almost impossible for one
person to really understand the
feelings of another.
Responses rated on a 4-point scale
ranging from "strongly disagree" (1)
to "strongly agree" (0).