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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
M-AO-m-mq-v-5-a
Focus:
Mixed: Affect + Overall (M-AO)
Time frame:
momentary (now) (m)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Self report on 25 questions

A  
20-item PANAS
To what extend do you feel this way right now in your life? 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

Answer options:  
1  very slightly or not at all
2  a little
3  moderately
4  quite a bit
5  extremely

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

B  
5-item Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener)
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
      
Answer options:
1   not at all
2  a little
3  moderately
4  quite a bit
5  very much

COMPUTATION:
(Mean A: PAS) + (Mean B) - (MEAN A:NAS)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Sheldon & Lyubomirsky (2006a): study US 2001 Psychology students, USA, followed 12 weeks, 200? N = 669
Mean
= 0.012
Sheldon & Lyubomirsky (2006a): study US 2001 /1 Psychology students, USA, followed 12 weeks, 200? N = 204
Mean
= 3.990
SD
= 0.430
Demir & Weitekamp (2007): study US 2007 University students, USA, 2007 N = 423
Mean
= 0.070
SD
= 2.300