Happiness measure, code: O-HV---sq-vt-11-a

Selfreport on single question:

Equivalent questions on overall happiness. (Slightly different items used in the various nations)

Scores transformed to common range 0 - 10 by means of Thurstone procedure (response options weighted by experts)

Weights for responses:
9.3 - very happy
6.7 - pretty happy
6.5 - fairly happy
4.1 - not too happy
3.7 - not very happy
2.7 - not happy
1.0 - not at all happy
0.6 - very unhappy
Focus, O-HV Overall: Happiness Various items
Time frame, - various time frames
Mode, sq 1 question
Scale type, vt verbal scales transformed to same range Range = 11
Used in studies
ReferenceOuweneel & Veenhoven (1994): study ZZ 1980
TitleNation Characteristics and Average Happiness.
PublicAdults, general public, 27 nations, 1980
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
ReferenceVeenhoven (2005c): study ZZ 1973
TitleIs Life getting Better? How Long and Happily Do People live in Modern Society?
PublicAdults, general public, EU 8 member states, USA and Japan, 1973-2002
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes