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Campbell (1976): study US 1971

Publication

Author(s):
Campbell, A.
Title:
Subjective Measures of Well-Being.
Source:
American Psychologist, 1976, Vol. 31, 117 - 124

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, United States, 1971
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Probability systematic sample
Respondents:
N = 2164
Non Response:
0
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

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
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 1%,   2: 2%,   3: 4%,   4: 11%,   5: 20%,   6: 40%,   7: 22%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.55 7.58
SD:
1.26 2.10