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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:
Selfreport 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 good looks by others Number of dates Involved in dating