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Chiriboga & Lowenthal (1971): study US 1969

Publication

Author(s):
Chiriboga, D.A.; Lowenthal, M.F.
Title:
Psychological Correlates of Perceived Well-being.
Source:
Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, 1971, Vol. 6, 603 - 604

Investigation

Public:
People in transition, metropolis, USA, 1969
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 216
Non Response:
-
Assessment:
Multiple methods
Depth interviews and tests, (± 9 hours)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In general, how happy are you these days .....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-cb
Author's label:
Perceived well-being
Full text:
Selfreport on 8 questions.

"During the past week, did you ever feel.....?"
A  very lonely
B  restless
C  bored
D  depressed
E  on top of the world
F  excited or interested
G  pleased about accomplishment
H  proud

Answer options:
1  never
2  once
3  several times
4  often

Summation:
-Positive  Affect Score (PAS): E+F+G+H
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): A+B+C+D
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS-NAS+13

Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale (modified version)
Classification:
A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-d
Author's label:
Perceived well-being
Error estimates:
Reliability: Equivalence: positive affect score x negative affect score: r = +.18 Validity:

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Affect balance O-HL by A-AB Psychological resources (positive mental health)_B Current positive mental health
Personal qualities
Psychological deficits (mental illness) Current general mental health Psychological resources (positive mental health)_A Personal qualities