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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-AOL-md-sq-v-10-a
Focus:
Affect: Average Overall Level (A-AOL)
Time frame:
last day (md)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
10

Description

Selfreport on single question:

"......overall mood of the past day ......"  
( full question not reported.)
10  Complete elation, rapturous joy and soaring ecstasy
9    Very elated and in very high spirits.   Tremendous
      delight and buoyancy
8    Elated and in high spirits
7    Feeling very good and cheerful
6    Feeling pretty good , "OK"
5    Feeling a little bit low. Just so-so
4    Spirits low and somewhat "blue"
3    Depressed and feeling very low.
      Definitely "blue"
2    Tremendously depressed.
      Feeling terrible, really miserable, "just awful"
1    Utter depression and gloom. Completely down.
      All is black and leaden. Wish it were all over.

Name: Wessman & Ricks' `Elation - Depression Scale'

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Kammann & Flett (1983a): study NZ 1980 /3 18+ aged, general public, New Zealand, 198? N = 118
Laxer (1964): study US 1960 Psychiatric patients, USA, 196? N = 72