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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
M-AC-h-mq-v-21-a
Focus:
Mixed: Affect + Contentment (M-AC)
Time frame:
hitherto (h)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
21

Description

Selfreport on 2 questions:         

A
"How important was each of the following goals in life in the plans you  made for yourself in early adulthood?"
-  
-  
-  joy in living  


4 of prime importance to me
3
2
1 less important to me than to most people

B.
"How successful have you been in the  pursuit of these goals?"
5  had excellent fortune in this respect
4
3
2
1  little satisfaction in this are

Computation:
Life satisfaction score = A * B - (A - B)
Maximal range 1-21

Computation:  General Satisfaction 5 is the quotient obtained by multiplying the planned goal (early adulthood) by the reported success in attaining that goal, adding the five of these multiplied areas and dividing them by the sum of the planned goals for each of the areas.

                Pa.Sa + Pb.Sb + Pc.Sc + Pd.Sd + Pe.Se
                -----------------------------------------------------------------
                            Pa + Pb + Pc + Pd + Pe
   Pa = planned goal a (1-5)
   Sa = success goal a (1-5)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Sears (1977): study US 1921 /1 Gifted men (IQ>135), followed 50 years, California, USA, 1921-72 N = 857
Mean
= 13.000