Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: A-BB-c-mq-v-2-a


Affect: Balance (Bradburn's index) (A-BB)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:


Self report on 10 questions:

"Looking at your present life situation, have you felt....?"
A   Particularly excited, or interested in something?
B   So restless that you could not sit long in a chair?
C   Proud because someone complimented you on something   
     you had done?
D   Very lonely or remote from people?
E    Pleased about having accomplished something?
F    Bored?
G   On top of the world?
H   Depressed?
I     That things were going your way?
J    Upset because someone criticized you?  

Response options scoring
- yes = 1
- no  = 0

Positive Affect Score (PAS): summed scores on A,C,E,G,I
Negative Affect Score (NAS): summed scores B,D,F,H,J
Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS

Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's ' Affect Balance Scale' (modified version)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Moriwaki (1974): study US 1971 60+ aged, psychiatric cases and controls, Los Angeles, USA, 1971 N =