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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-BW-g-mq-v-2-a
Focus:
Affect: Balance (Watson et al PANAS) (A-BW)
Time frame:
generally (g)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
2

Description

Selfreport on 50 questions:

Below is a list of words and phrases. Check every term which you believe could fairly be applied to yourself in prevalent attitudes. (yes/no)

A  Enthusiastic     
B  Morbid
C  Disappointed
D  Distressed        
E  Cheerful
F   Prosperous
G  Frivolous
H  Troubled    
I   Annoyed
J   Calm
K   Miserable
L   Thrilled
M   Irritable
N   Buoyant
O   Joyful
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The total list contained fifty adjectives, half positive and half negative

Scoring:
yes = +1
no = -1

Summation: number of happy traits mentioned minus number of unhappy traits mentioned.

Possible range: - 50  to  + 50

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Watson (1930): study US 1928 Graduate students of education (teachers), Columbia University, USA, 192? N = 388