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French et al. (1995): study CA Ontario 1990

Publication

Author(s):
French, S.L.; Gekoski, W.L.; Knox, W.J.
Title:
Gender Differences in Relating Life Events and Well-Being in Elderly Individuals.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1995, Vol. 35, 1 - 25

Investigation

Public:
Elderly people, Ontario, Canada, 1990
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 268
Non Response:
93%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Interviews were realized by one of four female interviewers for two 1-2 hour sessions (separated by not more than seven days)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 18 questions:

How have things been going in the past few weeks? Please tick one of the two boxes for each of the questions below:
A  Have you been annoyed with someone?
B  Have you ever felt lonely or remote from people?
C  Have you ever felt that things were going your way?
D  Have you ever felt very worried
E  Have you ever felt pleased because you've got friends?
F  Have you ever been afraid of what might happen?
G  Have you ever felt particularly excited or interested in something?
H  Have you ever felt depressed or unhappy?
I   Have you ever been full of energy?
J  Have you ever felt really tired?
K  Have you ever felt so restless that you could not sit long in a chair?
L  Have you ever felt that you were really enjoying yourself?
M  Have you ever felt really cheerful?
N  Have you ever felt like crying?
O  Have you ever felt at the top of the world?
P  Have you ever felt confident about the future?
Q  Have you ever felt bored?
R  Have you ever felt pleased about having accomplished something?

Rated:
0:  no
1:  yes

Computation: (C+E+G+I+L+M+O+P+R) - (A+B+D+F+H+J+K+N+Q)

Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale: extended version
Classification:
A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's label:
Affect Balance Scale
Remarks:
Average of males and females: males M 6.4, SD 1.9, females: M 6.6, SD 1.8
Affect Balance Scale was administrated at T1
The Affect Balance Scale was presented either in paper and pencil or interview format
Page in publication:
6-8
Error estimates:
Cronbach's alpha is 0.59
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -9 - 9 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.50
SD:
1.90

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding frequency life event Current life-events (past few years) male/female Sex (male vs female)