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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-DT-u-sqt-v-7-b
Focus:
Overall: Delighted vs Terrible life (O-DT)
Time frame:
time unspecified (u)
Mode:
1 question, asked twice (sqt)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
7

Description

Selfreport on single question, asked twice in interview:

How do you feel about your life as a whole......?
7  could not be better
6  
5  
4  
3  
2  
1  could not be worse

Summation: arithmetic mean

Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version).
Also known as Lehman's 'Global life satisfaction'

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Evans et al. (2007): study GB 1994 Mental patients and controls, followed 2 years, UK 1994-2001 N = 149