Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: A-BBr-g-mq-v-5-a


Affect: Balance (Brenner's index) (A-BBr)
Time frame:
generally (g)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:


Self report on 3 questions:

A.  "How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life? Would you say:
5 very often,
4 fairly often,
3 occasionally,
2 rarely,
1 never."

B.  "How often do you feel downcast or dejected?
Would you say:
1 very often,
2 fairly often,
3 occasionally,
4 rarely
5 never.

C.  "In general how would you say you feel most of the time? Would you say:
5 very good spirits,
4 fairly good spirits,
3 neither good spirits nor low spirits,
2 fairly low spirits,
1 very low spirits.

Summation: average A , B and C

Name: Brenner's `Three component Quality of Affect Scale'

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Brenner (1975a): study US Washington County, Maryland 1973 18+ aged, general public, Washington County, Maryland, USA, 1973-1974 N = 916