Correlational findings

Study Gaitz & Scott (1972): study US Texas 1969

Adults, general public, Houston, Texas, USA, 1969
N = 1441
Non Response:
2%, aged Mexican-Americans of high socio-economic status only
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview


Authors's label
Psychological well- being
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-HL-m-sq-v-3-a r = +.36 p < .01 Index of Positive Affects: r = +.19 (01)
Index of Negative Affects: r = -.32 (01)