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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-HL-cy-sq-lg-9-a
Focus:
Overall: Happiness in Life (O-HL)
Time frame:
last year (cy)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
life-graph (lg)
Scale Range:
9

Description

Selfreport on life graph

'We would like for you to think over your life and then rate each year as to whether it was a high or a low point in your life, i.e., your overall feeling, not necessarily financial success or health, etc, but generally speaking a feeling of wellbeing, however determined.
9  |  high
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1  |  low
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           5     10      15       20      25        30       35          40    

The last score represents present happiness

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics McKinley Runyan (1980): study US 1932 Highschool pupils, Oakland, USA, 1932, followed from age 12 to 38, 1959 N = 91
Mean
= 5.230
SD
= 1.710