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Studies

Diener et al. (1995a): study ZZ East-West pairs 1991 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Diener, E.; Shao, L.; Smith, H.L.; Suh, E.M.
Title:
National Differences in Reported Subjective Well-Being: Why do They Occur?
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1995, Vol. 34, 7 - 32

Investigation

Public:
College students, South Korea, China, USA, 199?
Sample:
Non-probability chunk sample
Respondents:
N = 208
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 8 questions:

Using the scale below, indicate how much of the time during the PAST MONTH have you felt each emotion?
A  affectionate
B  joyful
C  sad
D  worried
E  irritable
F  guilty
G  happy
H  proud

1  never
2  slight amount (rare)
3  some of the time
4  about half the time
5  much of the time
6  almost always
7  always

Computation: (A+B+G+H)-(C+D+E+F)/8

Name: Diener's 'Affect Balance'
Classification:
A-BD2-cm-mq-v-7-b
Author's label:
Affect balance score
Remarks:
China, M = 2,1, South Korea: M = 0.8, USA: M = 2.5
Full text:
Selfreport on single question asked twice:

"Considering how you feel these days, are you generally satisfied with your life or are you generally dissatisfied?"
7  extremely satisfied
6  very satisfied
5  quite satisfied
4  both satisfied and dissatisfied
3  quite dissatisfied
2  very dissatisfied
1  extremely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sqt-v-7-c
Remarks:
South Korea: M=4.6
China: M=4.5
USA: M=5.2

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding National differences Current area of residence