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Studies

Dysinger (1937): study US 1935

Publication

Author(s):
Dysinger, D.W.
Title:
A Study of Mood.
Source:
Psychological Records, 1937, Vol. 1, 147 - 156

Investigation

Public
Students and staff members, university, USA, 193?
Sample
Respondents
N = 16
Non Response
38% incomplete information
Assessment
Questionnaire: paper
Lowly structured

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question, repeated two times a day for periods ranging from 18 to 64 days (experience sampling).

"Consider the extreme of depression to be the most depressed state that you have ever experienced, and the extreme of cheerfulness to be the most cheerful state that you have ever experienced. Draw a line across the base line of the scale at a point which indicates your present mood in relation to these extremes."

depressed ------------------------------------------- cheerful (total: 80 mm)

Scoring: The recorded judgments were read in centimeters, using the midpoint of each line as the point of reference. Judgments of cheerfulness were considered plus, those of depression minus.

Summation: average
Classification:
A-ARE-mp-sqr-ol-7-a
Author's label:
Mood
Error estimates:
Reliability: High retest reliability over a period of two month. Validity:

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Physical condition Global health self-rating