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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-Sum-u-mq-*-11-b
Focus:
Overall: Summed overall appraisals (O-Sum)
Time frame:
time unspecified (u)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
Different rating scales combined (*)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Selfreport in 2 questions:

A. "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?"
10 completely satisfied
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2  
1
0   not at all satisfied

B. "Where would you place your life as a whole?"
Rated on a thermometer scale.
100  perfect, as good as you can imagine it being
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0     terrible, as bad as you can imagine it being

Summation: factor loading

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Beals (1985): study US 1978 Immigrants from Europe, USA, 1978 N = 844
Lee et al. (1982): study KR 1980 Parents with unmarried children at home, South Korea, 1980 N = 1500
Mean
= 2.400
SD
= 2.500