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Studies

Bernheim et al. (2006): study DE 1990

Publication

Author(s):
Bernheim, J.L.; Hofmans, J.; Mazaheri, M.; Theuns, P.
Title:
The Potential of Anamnestic Comparative Self Assessment (ACSA) to Reduce Bias in the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being.
Source:
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2006, Vol. 7, 227 - 250

Investigation

Public:
Patients university hospital, Berlin, Germany 1990-2003
Sample:
Non-probability chunk sample
Respondents:
N = 2584
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Filled out in waiting room of hospital, either on paper or on a palm-top computer

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Please rate your life satisfaction these days, compared to the BEST and the WORST periods in your life that you have just identified
Answers rated on an open line scale:
-5  |  worst period
-4  |
-3  |
-2  |
-1  |
0
+1 |
+2 |
+3 |
+4 |
+5 | best period

Preceded by recall of best and worst periods in life-experience

Name: ACSA (Anamnestic Comparative Self Assessment)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-ol-11-a
Author's label:
Amennestic Comparative Self-Assesment
Remarks:
Means recoded from -5 to +5 to 0-10
Variance 7,74. skewness 0,41, kurtosis -0.69, Kolmogorov-Smirnov Z  5,37 p<0.001
Page in publication:
230-237
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Currently I am .. with life as a whole
1  very dissatisfied
2  dissatisfied
3  neither satisfied, nor dissatisfied
4  satisfied
5  very satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-q
Author's label:
Conventional Question (CQ)
Remarks:
Transformed mean stretched to range 0-10
Variance 9.54, Skewness 0.05, Kurtosis -1.13, Kolmogorov-Smirnov Z  10.15 p<0.001
Page in publication:
230-234

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Disease Current disease (who icd-10 classification)
Current specific mental disorders (icd-10 classification)
socio-demographic variables Socio-demographic factors only Age Current age (in years) Sex Sex (male vs female) Marital status Broken marriage (divorced and widowed vs married or never married Graduation Level of school-education Employed Current employment status Convential Question(CQ) O-SL by C-BW LSI Life-adjustment inventories