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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-BW-c-sq-l-10-b
Focus:
Contentment: Best-Worst possible life (C-BW)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
ladder scale (l)
Scale Range:
10

Description

Selfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder (10) represents the best possible life for you and the bottom (1) represents the worst possible life for you.  Where on the ladder do you feel personally stand at the present time?
[ 10 ]  best possible life for you
[   9 ]
[   8 ]
[   7 ]
[   6 ]
[   5 ]
[   4 ]
[   3 ]
[   2 ]
[   1 ]  worst possible life for you

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (adapted version)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Bahr & Harvey (1980): study US 1972 Recently widowed miner`s wives and controls,USA, 1972 N = 222
Suhail & Chaudhry (2004): study PK 2000 16-80 aged, general public, Lahore, Pakistan, 2000 N = 973
Mean
= 7.072
SD
= 2.053
Iannotti et al. (2009): study ZZ Developed nations 2008 11, 13 and 15 aged, 41 nations, 2008-2009 N = 204534
Yerxa & Baum (1970): study US 1986 Spinal cord injured and controls, USA, 1986 N = 27
Mean
= 6.140
SD
= 1.530
Wilcke et al. (2007): study NL 2007 Working people, the Netherlands, 2007 N = 3164
Mean
= 7.400
Wilcke et al. (2007): study NL 2005 Working people, the Netherlands, 2005 N = 1000
Mean
= 7.100
Montenegro & Fisher (2005): study US 2004 Middle aged people, USA, 2004 N = 1683
Mean
= 7.290
SD
= 1.899