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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-HL-g-sq-v-3-a
Focus:
Overall: Happiness in Life (O-HL)
Time frame:
generally (g)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
3

Description

Selfreport on single question:

In general, how happy would you say you are ?
3  very happy
2  fairly happy
1  not at all happy

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Easterlin (1974): study US 1946 /1 Adults, general public, USA, 1946-1970 N = 29143
Cantril (1951): study FR 1946 /1 18+ aged, general public, France, 1946 N = 1000
Mean
= 1.652
SD
= 0.633
Gallup (1998): study US 1973 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1973 N = 2703
Mean
= 2.541
SD
= 0.548
Gallup (2008): study US 1973 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1973 N = 2717
Mean
= 2.513
SD
= 0.522
Gallup (2008): study US 1990 /6 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1990 N = 1620
Mean
= 2.225
SD
= 0.651
Easterlin (1974): study US 1947 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1947 N = 1434
Mean
= 2.323
SD
= 0.649
Easterlin (1974): study US 1952 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1952 N = 3003
Mean
= 2.384
SD
= 0.647
Easterlin (1974): study US 1956 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1956 N = 1979
Mean
= 2.485
SD
= 0.592