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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-BW-c-sq-m-11-a
Focus:
Contentment: Best-Worst possible life (C-BW)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
mountain scale (m)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Selfreport on single question:

"To indicate how you feel about your life at this time, would you use this card? Suppose the top of the mountain represents the best life you can imagine, and the bottom step of the mountain represents the worst possible life you can imagine. On which step of the mountain would you say you personally feel you stand at this time? - assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it. Just point to the step that comes closest to how you feel"
10  best possible life
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0  worst possible life

(Mountain scale not reproduced here)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ 1974 15+ aged, general public, 55 nations, 1974-1976 N = 8433
Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ 1974 /1 15+ aged, general public, 14 nations and regions, 1974-1976 N = 6563
Veenhoven (1989b): study ZZ 1974 15+ aged, general public, 5 parts of the world, (55 countries), 1974-1976 N = 8433
Gallup & Kettering (1976c): study ZZ South Sahara Africa 1976 15+ aged, general public, sub Sahara African countries, 1976 N = 914
Mean
= 4.624
SD
= 2.055
Gallup & Kettering (1976d): study ZZ East Asia 1976 /2 15+ aged, general public, Far East countries, 1976 N = 872
Mean
= 4.031
SD
= 2.232
Gallup & Kettering (1976e): study ZZ Latin America 1976 /1 15+ aged, general public, Latin America, 1976 N = 2059
Mean
= 6.004
SD
= 2.248
Gallup (1976): study ZZ South Sahara Africa 1975 16+ aged, general public, South Sahara Africa, 1975 N = 914
Mean
= 4.624
SD
= 2.055
Gallup (1976): study ZZ Anglo-America 1975 16+ aged, general public, Anglo-America, 1975 N = 2059
Mean
= 6.854
SD
= 1.950
Gallup (1976): study CA 1975 16+ aged, general public, Canada, 1975 N = 1032
Mean
= 7.000
SD
= 1.749
Gallup (1976): study US 1975 16+ aged, general public, United States, 1975 N = 1014
Mean
= 6.683
SD
= 2.161
Gallup (1976): study ZZ South East Asia 1975 16+ aged, general public, South East Asia, 1975 N = 872
Mean
= 4.031
SD
= 2.232
Gallup (1976): study IN 1975 16+ aged, general public, India, 1975 N = 354
Mean
= 3.454
SD
= 2.201
Gallup (1976): study JP 1975 16+ aged, general public, Japan, 1975 N = 337
Mean
= 5.760
SD
= 1.845
Gallup (1976): study AU 1975 16+ aged, general public, Australia, 1975 N = 301
Mean
= 7.000
SD
= 1.794
Gallup (1976): study ZZ Benelux 1975 16+ aged, general public, Belgium, Luxemburg and Netherlands (Benelux), 1975 N = 300
Mean
= 6.034
SD
= 2.035
Gallup (1976): study ZZ Western Europe 1975 16+ aged, general public, Western Europe, 1975 N = 2241
Mean
= 6.250
SD
= 2.020
Gallup (1976): study GB 1975 16+ aged, general public, United Kingdom, 1975 N = 307
Mean
= 6.804
SD
= 1.802
Gallup (1976): study ZZ Scandinavia 1975 16+ aged, general public, Scandinavia, 1975 N = 330
Mean
= 7.378
SD
= 1.971
Gallup (1976): study FR 1975 16+ aged, general public, France, 1975 N = 330
Mean
= 5.829
SD
= 1.986
Gallup (1976): study XZ Germany West 1975 16+ aged, general public, Germany-West (former), 1975 N = 303
Mean
= 6.555
SD
= 1.734
Gallup (1976): study IT 1975 16+ aged, general public, Italy, 1975 N = 309
Mean
= 5.589
SD
= 2.189
Angst & Leepin (1978): study CH 1975 Adults, age range not reported, general public, Switzerland, 1975 N = 1006
Mean
= 7.400
Gallup (1976): study ZZ Latin America 1975 16+ aged, general public, Latin America, 1975 N = 2059
Mean
= 6.004
SD
= 2.248
Gallup (1976): study BR 1975 16+ aged, general public, Brazil, 1975 N = 382
Mean
= 6.170
SD
= 2.173
Gallup (1976): study MX 1975 16+ aged, general public, Mexico, 1975 N = 350
Mean
= 6.210
SD
= 1.930