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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-RA-c-mq-l-21-a
Focus:
Contentment: Realization of Aspirations (C-RA)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
ladder scale (l)
Scale Range:
21

Description

Difference between self reports of ideal and real life:

A: Ideal life, the best life one could hope for
B: Real life, rating of present life
Full items not reported

Both items rated on a  21 step ladder scale:
20  best possible life, the most wonderful life you could imagine for anybody
.
.
.
0  worst possible life

Computation: Gap = A-B

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Headey (1999): study AU AU Victoria 1987 24-76 aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, 1987 N = 649