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Chang & Dodder (1984): study US 1980

Publication

Author(s):
Chang, R.H.; Dodder, R.A.
Title:
Activity and Affect among the Aged.
Source:
The Journal of Social Psychology, 1984, Vol. 125, 127 - 128

Investigation

Public:
Retired teachers, Oklahoma, USA and Taipei, Taiwan, 198?
Sample:
Non-probability chunk sample
Respondents:
N = 379
Non Response:
?
Assessment:

The Affect Ballance Scale ( Bradburn 1969). Activity level was measured by subjects estimation of hours spent on each activity in a typical week.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 10 questions:

During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....?  (yes/no)
A   Particularly excited or interested in something?
B   So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
C   Proud because someone complimented you on something  
     you had done?
D   Very lonely or remote from other people?
E   Pleased about having accomplished something?
F   Bored?
G   On top of the world?
H   Depressed or very unhappy?
I    That things were going your way?
J    Upset because someone criticized you?

Answer options and scoring:
yes = 1
no  = 0
Summation:
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Classification:
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's label:
Psychological well-being

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Activity Nationality Comparison of non-representative nation-samples