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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-HL-u-sq-v-7-e
Focus:
Overall: Happiness in Life (O-HL)
Time frame:
time unspecified (u)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
7

Description

Selfreport on single question:

Considering your life as a whole, would you describe it as?
1  very unhappy
2  unhappy
3  unhappy
4  mixed
5  happy
6  happy
7  very happy

Verbal label 'unhappy' used for numerical options 2 and 3 together. Likewise verbal label 'happy'used for both numerical options 5 and 6.

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Lepper (1998): study US California 1993 Retirees, Southern California, USA, followed 9 months199? N = 971
Mean
= 5.240
SD
= 0.970
Michalos & Zumbo (2000): study CA Prince George 1997 Adult general population, City of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, 1997 N = 737
Mean
= 5.500