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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-ASG-h-mq-v-5-a
Focus:
Contentment: Average Success in Goals (C-ASG)
Time frame:
hitherto (h)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on 2 questions:         

A. "How important was each of the following goals in life in the plans you  made for yourself in early adulthood?"
-  occupational success
-  family life
-  friendships
-  richness of cultural life
-  total service to society.
1 less important to me than to most people
2
3
4
5  of prime importance to me

B. "How successful have you been in the  pursuit of these goals?"
1  little satisfaction in this area
2
3
4
5  had excellent fortune in this respect

Computation: General Satisfaction 5 is the quotient obtained by multiplying the planned goal (early adulthood) by the reported success in attaining that goal, adding the five of these multiplied areas and dividing them by the sum of the planned goals for each of the areas.

                Pa.Sa + Pb.Sb + Pc.Sc + Pd.Sd + Pe.Se
                -----------------------------------------------------------------
                            Pa + Pb + Pc + Pd + Pe
   Pa = planned goal a (1-5)
   Sa = success goal a (1-5)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Sears & Barbee (1977): study US 1921 Gifted women (IQ >135), followed 50 years, California, USA, 1921-72 N = 671
Feldman (1984): study US California 1921 Gifted children (IQ >140), California, USA, followed ± 60 years, 1921-1972 N = 52