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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-Sum-c-mq-v-5-a
Focus:
Overall: Summed overall appraisals (O-Sum)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
5

Description

Selfreport on 3 questions:

A  When you consider your present life as-a-whole, would you say you are....?
    5  very happy
    4  fairly happy
    3  rather happy than unhappy
    2  rather unhappy than happy
    1  very unhappy
    -   DK/NA

B  When you consider your present life as-a-whole, would you say you are.....?
    5  very satisfied
    4  fairly satisfied
    3  rather satisfied than dissatisfied
    2  rather dissatisfied than satisfied
    1  fairly dissatisfied
    -   DK/NA

C  How do you feel right now? Is your well-being.....?
    5  very high
    4  high
    3  moderate
    2  rather low
    1  very low
    -   DK/NA

Summation: The summed scores were divided in three strata: low, medium and high quality of life

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Schulz et al. (1985): study AT 1984 16+ aged, general public, Austria, 1984 N = 1776
Mean
= 1.050
SD
= 0.700
Gehmacher (1989): study AT 1989 Adults, varying age ranges, general public, Austria, 1989 N = 0
Gehmacher (1992b): study AT 1989 16+ aged, general public, Austria, 1989 N = 2000
Schulz et al. (1997): study AT 1992 Artists, Austria, 199? N = 1812