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Studies

Bortner & Hultsch (1974): study US 1959

Publication

Author(s):
Bortner, R.W.; Hultsch, D.F.
Title:
Patterns of Subjective Deprivation in Adulthood.
Source:
Developmental Psychology, 1974, Vol. 10, 534 - 545

Investigation

Public:
21+ aged, general public, USA, 1959
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1294
Non Response:
17% incomplete information
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How would you rate yourself as to how successful or unsuccessful you have been in terms of achieving your own goals and aims in life? Think of the top of the ladder as being completely successful, the bottom being entirely unsuccessful
[ 10 ]    completely successful
[   9 ]
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[   7 ]
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[   5 ]
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[   3 ]
[   2 ]
[   1 ]     
[   0 ]   entirely unsuccessful
Classification:
C-RG-h-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
Success in goals
Full text:
Selfreport on single question :

"Some people seem to be quite happy and satisfied with their lives, while others seem quite unhappy and dissatisfied. Now look at this ladder (again). Suppose that a person who is entirely satisfied with his life would be at the top of the ladder and a person who is extremely dissatisfied with his life would be at the bottom of the ladder. Where would you put yourself on the ladder at the present stage of your life in terms of how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your personal life?"
[ 10 ]  entirely satisfied
[   9 ]
[   8 ]
[   7 ]
[   6 ]
[   5 ]
[   4 ]
[   3 ]
[   2 ]
[   1 ]
[   0 ]  entirely dissatisfied

Name Cantril ladder rating (modified version)
Classification:
O-SLP-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Type of deprivation Perceived happiness career