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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-Sum---mq-*-0-a
Focus:
Overall: Summed overall appraisals (O-Sum)
Time frame:
various time frames (*)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
Different rating scales combined (*)
Scale Range:
0

Description

Self report on 8 items

A  How do you feel about your life as a whole?
    Rated on a 9-step Delighted-Terrible scale
    Asked twice in the interview with 15 minutes interval

B  a  In most ways my life is close to ideal
    b  The conditions of my life are excellent
    c  I am satisfied with my life
    d  So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
    e  If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'
    Answers rated: 7  strongly agree to 1  strongly disagree

C  How do you feel usually?
    0  extremely unhappy
    .
    .
    10 extremely happy

Computation: factor

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Headey et al. (1993): study AU AU Victoria 1981 18-65 aged, Victoria, Australia, followed 1981 to 1987 N = 419