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Studies

Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973 /2

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, USA, 1972-1973
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2727
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
using highly structured questionnaires

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question, asked twice in interview:

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

Summation: arithmetic mean

Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version)
Also known as Lehman's 'Global life satisfaction'
Classification:
O-DT-u-sqt-v-7-a
Author's label:
Life3 (G3) + Life 1 (G1)
Page in publication:
208, 209
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.01%,   2: 3%,   3: 3%,   4: 10%,   5: 36%,   6: 40%,   7: 8%   (total 100.01%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.36 7.30
SD:
0.99

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with oneself Current satisfaction with self Satisfaction with spare time, pressure Satisfaction with time for leisure Satisfaction with health, physical work Satisfaction with aspects of work Satisfaction with marriage, family life Satisfaction with family Satisfaction with family (activities and responsibility) Satisfaction with family-life Satisfaction with close adult relatives Satisfaction with close adult relatives Satisfaction with fair and rightful treatment by others Satisfaction with fair treatment in nation Satisfaction with income, standard of living Satisfaction with standard of living Satisfaction with house, apartment Satisfaction with housing Satisfaction with job Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole Satisfaction with costs of living, taxes Satisfaction with costs of living in nation Satisfaction with safety Satisfaction with safety in vinicity
Attitudes to victimization
Feeling secure (vs threatened)
Satisfaction with neighbors and neigh-borhood Attitude to neighborhood
Social contacts in vinicity
Satisfaction with local government Attitudes to local government Satisfaction with local weather Attitude to local climate Satisfaction with national government Attitudes to national government Satisfaction with media Satisfaction with media in nation Satisfaction with religious faith, fulfillment Satisfaction with religion Satisfaction with mobility Satisfaction with local transport Satisfaction with respect and acceptance by others Attitudes to own popularity
Satisfaction with respect for rights in nation
Satisfaction with standards and values Attitudes to value-climate
Satisfaction with moral climate