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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b
Focus:
Overall: Happiness in Life (O-HL)
Time frame:
generally (g)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
4

Description

Selfreport on single question:

In general, how happy would you say you are..?
4  very happy
3  fairly happy
2  not very happy
1  not at all happy
-   NA/DK

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Wessman (1956): study US 1946 21+ aged, general public, USA, 1946 N = 2377
Mean
= 3.374
SD
= 0.660
Gallup (2008): study US 1946 Adults, age range not reported, general public, United States, 1946 N = 3104
Mean
= 3.281
SD
= 0.672
Gallup (2008): study US 1947 Adults, age range not reported, general public, United States, 1947 N = 3066
Mean
= 2.320
SD
= 0.590
Gallup (2008): study US 1947 /1 Adults, age range not reported, general public, United States, 1947 N = 1414
Mean
= 3.317
SD
= 0.682
Smith (1979): study US 1948 16+ aged, general public, United States, 1948 N = 1627
Mean
= 3.252
SD
= 0.653
Gallup (1998): study US 1952 Adults, age range not reported, general public, United States, 1952 N = 2862
Mean
= 3.368
SD
= 0.687
Smith (1979): study US 1956 Adults, age range not reported, general public, United States, 1956 N = 2240
Mean
= 3.413
SD
= 0.680
Gallup (2008): study US 1948 /1 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1948 N = 1603
Mean
= 3.322
SD
= 0.693
Gallup (2008): study US 1948 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1948 N = 1000
Mean
= 3.268
SD
= 0.642
Gallup (2008): study US 1956 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1956 N = 1126
Mean
= 3.440
SD
= 0.632