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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
M-ACO-u-mq-n-4-a
Focus:
Mixed: Affect + Contentment + Overall (M-ACO)
Time frame:
time unspecified (u)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
numeric scale (n)
Scale Range:
4

Description

Selfreport on 6 questions:

A  On the whole, life gives me a lot of pleasure
B  On the whole, I am very satisfied with my life today
C  Things are getting just worse for me as I get older
D  All in all, I find a great deal of happiness today
E  I have a lot to be sad about
F  Nothing ever turn out for me the way I want it

Scoring
4  strongly agree
3
2
1  strongly disagree

Computation: simple addition. Possible range 6-24

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Lee (1978): study US Washington 1975 60+ aged marrieds, Washington State USA, 1975 N = 439
Mean
= 18.800
SD
= 2.400
Lee & Ellithorpe (1982): study US Washington 1975 60+ aged, living near children, USA, Washington State, 1975 N = 403
Mean
= 18.600
SD
= 2.400