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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-Sum---mq-*-14-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:
14

Description

Selfreport on two questions:

A Taking all together, how happy would you say you are?
    4  very happy
    3  quite happy
    2  not very happy
    1 not at all happy
B  All things considered, how satisfied are you with your
    life as-a-whole now?
    10  satisfied
    9
    8
    7
    6
    5
    4
    3
    2
    1  dissatisfied

Computation: (Ax2,5) +B -10

Name: Inglehart's combined score

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics VanHemert et al. (2002a): study ZZ 1974 Adults, general public, 30 countries, 1974-1999 N = 44098
Inglehart et al. (2008): study ZZ 1981 18+ aged, general public, 52 nations, 1981-2007 N = 72000
Ram (2009): study ZZ 2006 18+ aged, general public, 87 nations, 2006 N = 87000
Mean
= 1.600
SD
= 1.700
Ram (2009): study ZZ 2006 /1 18+ aged, general public, 87 nations, 2006 N = 87000
Mean
= 1.600
SD
= 1.700
Stevenson & Wolfers (2008): study ZZ World samples 1981 18+ aged general public, 61 nations, 1981-2004 N = 250000