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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a
Focus:
Overall: Satisfaction w Life as a Whole (O-SLW)
Time frame:
time unspecified (u)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
7

Description

Selfreport on single question:

Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your life as whole.....?
7   completely satisfied
6   satisfied
5   mostly satisfied
4   satisfied/dissatisfied
3   dissatisfied
2   very dissatisfied
1   completely dissatisfied

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Baker (1976): study US 1971 55+ aged males, USA, 1971 N = 200
Wilkening & McGranahan (1978): study US Wisconsin 1974 18+ aged, general public, Wisconsin, USA, 1974 N = 534
Mean
= 5.200
Linn et al. (1986): study US Wisconsin 1974 18+ aged, general public, NW-Wisconsin, USA, 1974 N = 1423
Mean
= 5.200
SD
= 0.900
Suh et al. (1998): study ZZ World samples 1995 College students, 40 countries, 1995-1996 N = 6780
Baruch & Barnett (1986a): study US 1980 Mothers with children age 4-10, USA,1980 N = 160
Mean
= 5.520
Barnett & Baruch (1987): study US 1980 Parents with children 4-10, USA, 1980 N = 320