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Brook et al. (1979): study US Dakota County, Minnesota 1972

Publication

Author(s):
Brook, R.H.; Davies-Avery, A.; Stewart, A.L.; Ware, J.E.
Title:
Overview of Adult Health Status Measures Fielded in Rand's Health Insurance Study.
Source:
Medical Care, 1979, Vol. 17

Investigation

Public:
Heads of households, Dayton , USA, 1972-1979
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 3441
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the  bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?   
[  10  ]  best possible life
[    9  ]
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]
[    0  ]  worst possible life
                          
                                                                                
Preceded by 1)  open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and  where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
Present life satisfaction
Page in publication:
42

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Anxiety Anxious Depression Depressive (f31-33) Positive well-being Feeling satisfied (vs dissatisfied) Self-control Inner locus of control General Health Global health rating Vitality Feeling energetic (vs lethargic, tired)