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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
M-AO-cm-mq-vt-7-a
Focus:
Mixed: Affect + Overall (M-AO)
Time frame:
last month, last few weeks (cm)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scales transformed to same range (vt)
Scale Range:
7

Description

Selfreport on 25 questions

A   Selfreport on life satisfaction on five questions
      a  In most ways my life is close to ideal
      b  The conditions of my life are excellent
      c  I am satisfied with my life
      d  So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
      e  If I could live my life over, I would change nothing
      Answers rated: 7  strongly agree ...1  strongly disagree
      (Diener's Satisfaction With Life Scale, SWLS)

B   Selfreport on mood on 20 questions
      How much of each mood did you experience in the last month?
  a  nervous
  b  distressed
  c  afraid
  d  jittery
  e  irritable
   f  upset
  g scared
  h  ashamed
   i  guilty
  j hostile
  k  excited
  l  active
  m determined
  n  inspired
  o enthusiastic
  p alert
  q attentive
  r  proud
  s strong
  t  interested
    
Rated :
1 not at all
2
3
4
5
6
7 very frequently
(Watson's Positive And Negative Affect Scale PANAS)

Positive affect score PAS: k to t
Negative affect score NAS: a to j

Summation: (z-score A) + (z-score B:PAS) - (z-score B:NAS)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Sheldon & Elliot (1999): study US 1994 18+ aged, students USA, followed 3 months,199? N = 169
Sheldon & Elliot (1999): study US 1994 /1 18+ aged, students USA, followed 3 months,199? N = 152
Sheldon & Elliot (1999): study US 1994 /2 18+ aged, students followed 3 months, USA, 199? N = 73