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Studies

Diener et al. (1995b): study US 1993

Publication

Author(s):
Diener, E.; Fujita, F.; Wolsic, B.
Title:
Physical Attractiveness and Subjective Well-Being.
Source:
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1995, Vol. 69, 120 - 129

Investigation

Public
College students, USA 199?
Sample
Non-probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents
N = 146
Non Response
Assessment
Questionnaire: paper
Photographs and video

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DO YOU USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes your average happiness.
10  extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic!)
9    very happy (feeling really good and elated!)
8    pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good)
7    mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful)
6    slightly happy ( just a bit above neutral)
5    slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral)
4    mildly unhappy (just a bit low)
3    pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down)
2    very unhappy ( depressed, spirits very low)
1    extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down)

Name: Fordyce's overall happiness item.
Classification:
M-FH-g-sq-v-10-a
Author's label:
Fordyce's overall happiness scale
Remarks:
Ss who scored in happiness item a 6 or lower were selected as a Lower subjective wellbeing group, and Ss who scored a 8 or higher were selected as a Higher subjective wellbeing group.
Lower   SWB   M=4.6, Higher  SWB   M=8.8

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with Life (SWLS) Happiness inventories involving unacceptable items Physical attractiveness Ratings of appearance by others
Rated attractiveness of appearance
Number of dates Involved in dating