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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-AOL-g-sq-v-11-a
Focus:
Affect: Average Overall Level (A-AOL)
Time frame:
generally (g)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Selfreport on single question:

." In general how happy or unhappy do you usually feel....?"
Check the one statement that best describes your average happiness.
10  extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic)
9    very happy (feeling really good, 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    neutral (not particularly happy or unhappy)
4    slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral)
3    mildly unhappy  (just a little low)
2    pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down)
1    very unhappy (depressed, spirits very low)
0    extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down)

Fordyce Happiness Scale

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Seidlitz & Diener (1993): study US 1988 /2 Psychology students, selected for earlier happiness, followed 11 month, USA, 198?-8? N = 54
Seidlitz & Diener (1993): study US 1988 /1 Psychology students, selected for earlier happiness, USA, 198? N = 94
Seidlitz & Diener (1993): study US 1988 Psychology undergraduate, students, University of Illinois, USA, 198? N = 420
Charness & Grosskopf (2001): study ES 1998 University students, Barcelona, Spain, 1998 N = 121
Mean
= 6.945
Lee et al. (1999a): study ZZ East-West pairs 1997 Canadian and Korean university students. 1997 N = 388
Mean
= 6.710
SD
= 1.490
Fordyce (1977): study US 1972 Student participants in a happiness training, USA 197? N = 202
Fordyce (1983): study US 1980 /1 Student participants in a happiness training, USA 198? N = 98
Fordyce (1983): study US 1980 Student participants in a happiness training, USA 198? N = 71
Fordyce (1983): study US 1980 /2 Student participants in a happiness training, USA 198? N = 57