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Studies

Chiriboga (1975): study US 1969

Publication

Author(s):
Chiriboga, D.A.
Title:
Perceptions of Well-Being.
Source:
Lowenthal, M.F.;et al;Eds.: "Four Stages of Life", Jossey Bass, 1975, San Francisco, USA, 84 - 98

Investigation

Public:
People in transition, metropolis, USA, 1969
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 216
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Lengthy interviews

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....?
3   very happy
2   pretty happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Author's label:
Overall Happiness
Page in publication:
86
Full text:
Selfreport on 3 questions:

A. " Dissatisfied" and "Unhappy" responses on the Block (1961) Adjective Rating List.

B. Overall happiness. Single direct question: "Taking all things together,  how would you say things are these days?  Would you say you are .......?"
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy

C. Present-year score on Life-Evaluation Chart, ranging from:
1  low
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9  high
Classification:
O-Sum-u-mq-*-0-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
87
Full text:
Selfreport on 8 questions:

"During the past week, did you ever feel.....?"
A  Particularly interested in or excited about something
B  Pleased about having accomplished something
C  On top of the world
D  Pity for some people you know
E  Helpless, with no control over situations
F   Bored
G   Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why
H   Angry about something that usually wouldn't bother you

Rating  options:
0  never
1  once
2  several times
3  often



Summation: Factorially derived clusters:
A+B+C+D (Enhancement)
E+F+G+H (Discomfort)
Affect Balance Score: Enhancement minus Discomfort.

Possible range: + 16 to - 16

Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance scale' (modified version)
Classification:
A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-b
Author's label:
Affect balance
Page in publication:
87

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Sexe Sex (male vs female) Familial roles Family career (family life-cycle)
Family roles
Occupational roles Work roles Total role scope Current number of roles Expressive activities Current contacts Philosophical activities Social-service activities Attendance to meetings Ease-contentment activities Leisure activity level Hedonistic activities Leisure activity level Instrumental activities Growth activities Nongoal-directed activities Activity Scope Self-criticism Self-critical Respondent- interviewer agreement Congruency self-image and reputation