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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-BB-cy-mq-v-2-a
Focus:
Affect: Balance (Bradburn's index) (A-BB)
Time frame:
last year (cy)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
2

Description

Selfreport on10 questions asked 4 times a year at 3 month intervals.

"During the past few weeks, did you ever feel.....?" (yes/no)
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?  

Scoring: yes = 1, no is = 0
Summation:
-Positive Affect Score (PAS):  A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible: range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance Scale'

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Costa & McCrae (1980): study US 1965 25-75 aged white males (largely veterans), followed 10 years, USA, 1965-76 N = 234