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Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1972 /3

Publication

Author(s):
Andrews, F.M.; Withey, S.B.
Title:
Social Indicators of Well-Being. Americans Perceptions of Life Quality.
Source:
Plenum Press, 1976, New York, USA

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, United States, 1972
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Probability area sample
Respondents:
N = 1118
Non Response:
24%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
using highly structured questionnaires

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....?
7  completely satisfied
6
5
4  neutral
3
2
1  completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a
Author's label:
Seven-point satisfaction (G29)
Remarks:
Data November form 1
Page in publication:
318
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 1%,   2: 1%,   3: 4%,   4: 13%,   5: 27%,   6: 41%,   7: 13%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.39 7.32
SD:
1.15 1.91
Full text:
Selfreport on single question :

Where would you put your life as a whole on a feeling thermometer?
Rated on 'thermometer scale' (in grades)
0 degrees: very cold, negative
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100  very warm, positive
Classification:
M-FH-u-sq-t-101-a
Author's label:
Thermometer (G8)
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 1%,   6: 2%,   7: 5%,   8: 8%,   9: 26%,   10: 41%,   11: 17%,   12: 0%,   13: 0%,   14: 0%,   15: 0%,   16: 0%,   17: 0%,   18: 0%,   19: 0%,   20: 0%,   21: 0%,   22: 0%,   23: 0%,   24: 0%,   25: 0%,   26: 0%,   27: 0%,   28: 0%,   29: 0%,   30: 0%,   31: 0%,   32: 0%,   33: 0%,   34: 0%,   35: 0%,   36: 0%,   37: 0%,   38: 0%,   39: 0%,   40: 0%,   41: 0%,   42: 0%,   43: 0%,   44: 0%,   45: 0%,   46: 0%,   47: 0%,   48: 0%,   49: 0%,   50: 0%,   51: 0%,   52: 0%,   53: 0%,   54: 0%,   55: 0%,   56: 0%,   57: 0%,   58: 0%,   59: 0%,   60: 0%,   61: 0%,   62: 0%,   63: 0%,   64: 0%,   65: 0%,   66: 0%,   67: 0%,   68: 0%,   69: 0%,   70: 0%,   71: 0%,   72: 0%,   73: 0%,   74: 0%,   75: 0%,   76: 0%,   77: 0%,   78: 0%,   79: 0%,   80: 0%,   81: 0%,   82: 0%,   83: 0%,   84: 0%,   85: 0%,   86: 0%,   87: 0%,   88: 0%,   89: 0%,   90: 0%,   91: 0%,   92: 0%,   93: 0%,   94: 0%,   95: 0%,   96: 0%,   97: 0%,   98: 0%,   99: 0%,   100: 0%,   101: 0%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 100 On range 0-10
Mean:
78.00 7.80
SD:
16.40 1.64
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How do you feel about your life as a whole.....?
7  delighted
6  pleased
5  mostly satisfied
4  mixed
3  mostly dissatisfied
2  unhappy
1  terrible

Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale'  (original version)
Classification:
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Life1(G1)
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.5%,   2: 0.8%,   3: 2.2%,   4: 11.8%,   5: 39.5%,   6: 34.6%,   7: 10.6%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.35 7.25
SD:
1.00 1.67

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Feelings about the good parts of life Good and bad parts of life Feelings about the poor aspects of life Good and bad parts of life Amount of worrying Amount of worrying Satisfaction with life as a whole_A O-SL by O-further Satisfaction with life as a whole_B O-SL by O-DT