Correlational findings

Study Bachman et al. (1970): study US 1966

Public highschool boys followed 3 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-69
N = 1799
Non Response:
2.8% incomplete information in 1966
Multiple methods
Interviews, test, teacher ratings.


Authors's label
Earlier Happiness
Our Classification
Six item index of closed questions:
"Describe the kind of person you are.
1. I feel like smiling
2. I generally feel in good spirits
3. I feel happy
4. I am satisfied with life
5. I find a good deal of happiness in
6. I feel sad"
Scored: almost always true, often true,
sometimes true,seldom true, never true

Assessed at:
T1 Fall   1966
T2 Spring 1968
T3 Spring 1969

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a r = +.63 T2 - T3  (12 month) O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a r = +.54 T1 - T2  (18 months) O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a r = +.47 T1 - T3 (30 months)