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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-SLP-c-sq-l-11-a
Focus:
Overall: Satisfaction with Personal Life (O-SLP)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
ladder scale (l)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Selfreport on single question :

"Some people seem to be quite happy and satisfied with their lives, while others seem quite unhappy and dissatisfied. Now look at this ladder (again). Suppose that a person who is entirely satisfied with his life would be at the top of the ladder and a person who is extremely dissatisfied with his life would be at the bottom of the ladder. Where would you put yourself on the ladder at the present stage of your life in terms of how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your personal life?"
[ 10 ]  entirely satisfied
[   9 ]
[   8 ]
[   7 ]
[   6 ]
[   5 ]
[   4 ]
[   3 ]
[   2 ]
[   1 ]
[   0 ]  entirely dissatisfied

Name Cantril ladder rating (modified version)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Bortner & Hultsch (1974): study US 1959 21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959 N = 1294
Storandt et al. (1975): study US 1970 60+ aged, followed 15 months after move, USA, 197? N = 122
Bortner & Hultsch (1970): study US 1959 21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959 N = 1301
Mean
= 7.640
SD
= 2.050
Cantril (1965): study US 1959 21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959 N = 1549
Mean
= 7.640
SD
= 2.050
Mielke (1997): study DE 1990 16+ aged, general public, Germany, 1990-1991 N = 6000
Bortner & Hultsch (1972): study US 1959 20-88 aged, general public, USA, 1959 N = 1409