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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-AOL-g-rdp-v-10-a
Focus:
Affect: Average Overall Level (A-AOL)
Time frame:
generally (g)
Mode:
rating by peers (rdp)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
10

Description

Peer rating using single question:
 
 Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DOES X USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes his/her average happiness.
 10  extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic!)
 9    very happy (feeling really good and elated!)
 8    pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good)
 7    mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful)
 6    slightly happy ( just a bit above neutral)
 5    slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral)
 4    mildly unhappy (just a bit low)
 3    pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down)
 2    very unhappy ( depressed, spirits very low)
 1    extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down)
 
 Name: Fordyce's overall happiness item, peer rating version

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Magnus & Diener (1991): study US 1986 University students, USA, followed 4 years 1986-1990 N = 130