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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a
Focus:
Contentment: Getting things Wanted (C-W)
Time frame:
last year (cy)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on open question:

Have you usually felt pretty sure your life would work out the way you want it to, or have there been times when you haven't been sure about it?

Responses scored afterwards on the following scale;
5  usually pretty sure
4  pretty sure, qualified
3  pro-con, sure sometimes, not sure of the times
2  (more) times when haven't been sure, qualified
1  (more) times when not very sure

This same question was asked every year 1968 - 1972
(American Panel Study on Income Dynamics)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Erbes & Hedderson (1985): study US 1968 Male heads of households, followed 4 years, USA, 1968-72 N = 5060