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Studies

Brickman et al. (1978): study US 1977 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Brickman, P.; Coates, D.; Janoff-Bulman, R.
Title:
Lottery Winners and Accident Victims: Is Happiness Relative?
Source:
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1987, Vol. 36, 917 - 927

Investigation

Public
Lottery players, USA and non-player controls, Illinois, USA, 1977
Sample
Respondents
N =
Non Response
56%
Assessment
Interview: Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

"How happy are you now (not at this moment, but at this stage of life) .....?"
1  not at all
2
3
4
5
6  very much
   
(originally rated on horizontal line scale)
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-n-6-a
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Buyers:        M=3.81  Ms'=7.62
Non-buyers: M=4.00  Ms'=8.00

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Lottery playing Lottery playing