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Studies

Diener & Suh (2010): study KR 2010

Publication

Author(s):
Diener, E.; Suh, E.M.
Title:
Unhappiness in South Korea: Why it is High and What Might be done About It.
Source:
Proceedings of the Korean Psychological Association, 2010, Seoul, South Korea

Investigation

Public:
15+ aged, general public, South Korea, 2010
Survey name:
INT-Gallup World Polls
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 1100
Non Response:
Assessment:
Multiple asesment methods
Face-to-face in some countries, telephobe in other countries

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Author's label:
Life Satisfaction Ladder
Page in publication:
3
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.30
Full text:
Selfreport on 2 questions:

Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
A  enjoyment
B  depression

Rated: : 0: no 1: yes

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = A
- Average % negative affect = B
- Affect Balance =  A-B


These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Classification:
A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-u
Author's label:
Feelings Balance
Remarks:
Mean 35 means 35% more positive experiences than negative
Page in publication:
3
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -100 - 100 On range 0-10
Mean:
35.00

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Income Current income level (unspecified)