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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-d
Focus:
Affect: Balance (Bradburn's index) (A-BB)
Time frame:
last week (cw)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
4

Description

Selfreport on 8 questions.

"During the past week, did you ever feel.....?"
A  very lonely
B  restless
C  bored
D  depressed
E  on top of the world
F  excited or interested
G  pleased about accomplishment
H  proud

Answer options:
1  never
2  once
3  several times
4  often

Summation:
-Positive  Affect Score (PAS): E+F+G+H
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): A+B+C+D
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS-NAS+13

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

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Chiriboga (1977): study US 1974 People in transition, metropolis, USA, 1974 N = 179
Mean
= 15.400
Chiriboga & Lowenthal (1971): study US 1969 People in transition, metropolis, USA, 1969 N = 216
Chiriboga (1989): study US 1969 People in transition, followed 4 years, metropolis, USA, 1969-1980 N = 163
Thurnher (1983): study US 1969 People in transition, followed 8 years, Metropolis USA, 1969-77 N = 180
Lowenthal et al. (1975): study US 1969 People in transition, metropolis,USA, 1969 N = 216
Mean
= 15.000
Chiriboga & Cutler (1977): study US 1977 Recently divorced, California, USA,1977 N = 252