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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-HV---sq-vt-3-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:
3

Description

Selfreport on single questions
 
 Six equivalent questions on overall happiness. (Slightly different items used in the various nations)
 Scores transformed to common range 1 - 3, by recoding;
 
 A "Generally speaking, how happy would you say you are;
    would you say you are...?
    3  very happy
    2  fairly happy
    1  not too happy
 
 B Taken all things together, how would you say things are   these days; would you say you are ...?
    3  very happy
    2  fairly happy
    1  not too happy
 
 C Taken all together, would you say you are.....?
    3  very happy
    2  quite happy
    1  not very happy
    1  not at all happy
 
 D Taken all together how would you say things are these days; would you say you are ...?
    3  very happy
    2  pretty happy
    1  not too happy
 
 E In general, how happy would you say you are...?
    3  very happy
    2  fairly happy
    1  not very happy
 
 F How happy do you feel as you live now? Please choose one item from this card that is closest to your feeling
    3  very happy
    3  fairly happy
    2  neither happy nor unhappy
    1  fairly unhappy
    1  very unhappy

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ EU 9 1975 15+ aged, general public, EU 9 member states, Western Europe, 1975 N = 12996
Veenhoven (1990b): study ZZ 1965 Adults, general public, 28 countries, 1965-1985 N = 30000