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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-u
Focus:
Affect: Affect Balance (Various) (A-AB)
Time frame:
yesterday (yd)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
2

Description

Selfreport on 2 questions:

Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
A  enjoyment
B  depression

Rated: : 0: no 1: yes

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = A
- Average % negative affect = B
- Affect Balance =  A-B


These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Diener & Suh (2010): study KR 2010 15+ aged, general public, South Korea, 2010 N = 1100
Mean
= 35.000