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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-ASA-h-cr-n-100-b
Focus:
Affect: Average of Specific Affects (A-ASA)
Time frame:
hitherto (h)
Mode:
life review (lr)
Scale Type:
numeric scale (n)
Scale Range:
100

Description

Number of positive emotion sentences in autobiography

Content analysis by count of sentences that reflected an emotional experience as either positive, neutral or negative.
Coders were instructed not to code possible elicitors of emotion (such as death of a relative) but only the words that describe the emotion that was experienced. They were also instructed not to code words like good or bad, if these did not describe an emotional experienced.

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Danner et al. (2001): study US 1991 Nuns who lived in cloister since early adulthood. Followed into old age, USA, 1991 N = 180
Mean
= 0.830