Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a


Affect: Affect Balance (Various) (A-AB)
Time frame:
last month, last few weeks (cm)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:


Self report on 18 questions:

How have things been going in the past few weeks? Please tick one of the two boxes for each of the questions below:
A  Have you been annoyed with someone?
B  Have you ever felt lonely or remote from people?
C  Have you ever felt that things were going your way?
D  Have you ever felt very worried
E  Have you ever felt pleased because you've got friends?
F  Have you ever been afraid of what might happen?
G  Have you ever felt particularly excited or interested in something?
H  Have you ever felt depressed or unhappy?
I   Have you ever been full of energy?
J  Have you ever felt really tired?
K  Have you ever felt so restless that you could not sit long in a chair?
L  Have you ever felt that you were really enjoying yourself?
M  Have you ever felt really cheerful?
N  Have you ever felt like crying?
O  Have you ever felt at the top of the world?
P  Have you ever felt confident about the future?
Q  Have you ever felt bored?
R  Have you ever felt pleased about having accomplished something?

0:  no
1:  yes

Computation: (C+E+G+I+L+M+O+P+R) - (A+B+D+F+H+J+K+N+Q)

Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale: extended version

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Middleton & Byrd (1996): study US 1995 Heart patients, USA, followed 90 days, 1995 N = 130
= 1.810
= 2.450
Diener et al. (1991): study US 1989 Students , USA, 1989 N = 107
Diener et al. (1991): study US 1989 /1 Students, USA, 1989 N = 62
Diener et al. (1991): study US 1989 /2 Students, USA, 1989 N = 42
Orden & Bradburn (1968): study US 1963 Married people,USA, metropolitan areas, 1963-1965 N = 1738
Crandall & Putman (1980): study US Idaho 1975 Non-teaching employees, university, Idaho, USA, 197? N = 82
French et al. (1995): study CA Ontario 1990 Elderly people, Ontario, Canada, 1990 N = 268
= 6.500
= 1.900
Angrist (1974): study US 1974 Public housing tenants, USA, 1974 N = 210
Haight (1988): study US 1982 Homebound elderly participating in life review program, USA, 198? N = 51