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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-HV---sq-vt-11-a
Focus:
Overall: Happiness Various items (O-HV)
Time frame:
various time frames (*)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scales transformed to same range (vt)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Selfreport on single question:

Equivalent questions on overall happiness. (Slightly different items used in the various nations)

Scores transformed to common range 0 - 10  by means of Thurstone procedure (response options weighted by experts)

Weights for responses:
9.3 -  very happy                              
6.7 -  pretty happy                            
6.5 -  fairly happy                              
4.1 -  not too happy                          
3.7 -  not very happy                        
2.7 -  not happy                                
1.0 -  not at all happy                        
0.6 -  very unhappy

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Ouweneel & Veenhoven (1994): study ZZ 1980 Adults, general public, 27 nations, ±1980 N = 27
Veenhoven (2005c): study ZZ 1973 Adults, general public, EU 8 member states, USA and Japan, 1973-2002 N = 300000