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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-Sum-c-mq-*-0-b
Focus:
Overall: Summed overall appraisals (O-Sum)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
Different rating scales combined (*)
Scale Range:
0

Description

Selfreport on 5 questions:

A  Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? On the whole would you say you are."
5  very satisfied,
4   satisfied
3   neither, nor, don't know
2   dissatisfied
1   very dissatisfied

B  Would you tell me which one word in each pair of words best describes the life you are leading now? "
1  miserable                                              
2
3
4
5           
6
7  happy


C  "Would you tell me which one word in each pair of these words best describes the life you are leading now?"
1  rewarding                                                                   
2
3
4
5
6
7  frustration

D  " Do you often, sometimes, seldom or never feel that life is very good?"
3  often
2  sometimes
1  never

E "Taking all things together in your life, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are."
5  very happy
4  happy
3  neither, nor, don't know
2  unhappy
1  very unhappy

Summation: not reported

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Moller & Schlemmer (1989): study ZA 1983 Adult, general public, urban areas, South Africa, 1983 N = 5587