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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-BW-c-sq-l-9-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:
9

Description

Selfreport on single question:

Respondent was first asked to describe "your wishes and hopes for your future" and then to describe "your fears and worries about your future".  He was then presented with a picture of a ladder numbered from zero on the bottom  to nine on the top rung. Respondent was asked to suppose "that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst life for you". Where on the ladder do you feel you stand at the present time?"
[    9  ]   best possible life
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]
[    0  ]  worst possible life

Name: Cantril's Present Life Ladder rating (modified version)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Palmore (1975): study ZZ East-West pairs 1959 21+ aged, general public, Japan and USA, 1959-1962 N = 2521