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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-BW-c-sq-lg-11-b
Focus:
Overall: Best-Worst ever experienced (O-BW)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
life-graph (lg)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Self report on single question:

Taking all together and comparing with your happiest and unhappiest periods in life, how are you doing?
Answers rated on a graph:
-5  |  unhappiest period
-4  |
-3  |
-2  |
-1  |
0  | -----------|-----------------|------------------|-----------------|                     
+1 |            T1            T2               T3             T4
+2 |
+3 |
+4 |
+5 | happiest period

T1:  Before retirement
T2:  At the moment of retirement
T3:  A years after retirement
T4:  the last two weeks

Name: ACSA (Anamnestic Comparative Self Assessment)
Retrospections and current assessment plotted in a time graph. Only recent rating taken as happiness

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics DeGroof & Elchardus (2003): study BE Flanders 2002 75 aged, Flanders, 2002 N = 1460
Mean
= 6.660
SD
= 2.094