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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a
Focus:
Overall: Happy Person (O-HP)
Time frame:
generally (g)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on 6 questions:

" Describe the kind of person you are. Please read each sentence, then mark how often it is true for you"
1  I feel like smiling
2  I generally feel in good spirits
3  I feel happy
4  I am very satisfied with life
5  I find a good deal of happiness in life
6  I feel sad

Response options:
5   almost always true
4   often true
3   sometimes true
2   seldom true
1   never true

Summation: average
Possible range: 1 to 5

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Bachman et al. (1970): study US 1966 Public highschool boys followed 3 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-69 N = 1799
Mean
= 3.770
SD
= 0.610
Bachman et al. (1978): study US 1966 Public highschool boys followed 8 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-74 N = 1628
Bachman et al. (1978): study US 1966 /1 Public highschool boys followed 8 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-74 N = 2213