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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-BW-cy-sq-l-9-a
Focus:
Contentment: Best-Worst possible life (C-BW)
Time frame:
last year (cy)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
ladder scale (l)
Scale Range:
9

Description

Selfreport on single question:

"Here is a picture of a ladder. At the bottom of the ladder is the worst life you might reasonably expect to have. At the top is the best life you might expect to have. Of course, life from week to week falls somewhere in between. Where was your life most of the time during the past year?"
[ 9 ] best life you might expect to have
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[ 1 ]  worst life you might expect to have


  Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating (modified version)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973 /1 18+ aged, general public, USA, 1973/7 N = 222
Mean
= 6.130
SD
= 1.500
Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973 18+ aged, general public, USA, 1973/3 N = 1433
Mean
= 6.070
SD
= 1.626
Molnar (1985): study US 1981 Farm operators, Alabama, USA, 1981 N = 705
Mean
= 5.400
SD
= 1.950