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Studies

Fordyce (1983): study US 1980 /3

Publication

Author(s):
Fordyce, M.W.
Title:
A Program to Increase Happiness: Further Studies.
Source:
Journal of Counseling Psychology, 1983, Vol. 30, 483 - 498

Investigation

Public:
Student, participants in a happiness training 9-18 months ago, USA 198?
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 69
Non Response:
37%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on two questions:

A
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)

B)
Consider your emotions a moment further. On the average, what percentage of the time do you feel Happy? What percent of the time do you feel unhappy? What percent of the time do you feel neutral (neither happy nor unhappy)? Write down your best estimate, as well as you can, in the space below. Make sure the figures add-up to equal 100%
The percent of time I felt happy       _____%
The percent of time I felt unhappy   _____%
The percent of time I felt neutral      _____%

Summation: A + % happy on B

Name: Fordyce's 'Happiness measure'
Classification:
A-Sum-g-mq-*-111-a
Author's label:
happiness
Page in publication:
514

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Program to increase personal happiness Multiple sorts
School
Mandatory
Actual changes in happiness
Enlightenment about happiness
Mixed educational methods
Multiple treatment moments