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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-BB-cw-mq-v-5-a
Focus:
Affect: Balance (Bradburn's index) (A-BB)
Time frame:
last week (cw)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on 10 questions:

"During the past weeks did you ever feel...?"

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: yes/no
If yes:  "How often during the past week did you feel so?"
5 all the time
4 mostly
3 often
2 rarely
1 never
0 no

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

Possible range -50 to +50

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

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Callan (1986): study AU 1986 About 20 aged single women Australia, 1986 N = 102
Mean
= 5.400