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Harding (1982): study GB 1975

Publication

Author(s):
Harding, S.D.
Title:
Psychological Well-Being in Great Britain: An Evaluation of the Bradburn Affect Balance Scale.
Source:
Personality and Individual Differences, 1982, Vol. 3, 167 -175

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, urban areas, Great-Britain, 1975
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 932
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 10 questions:

During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....?  (yes/no)
A   Particularly excited or interested in something?
B   So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
C   Proud because someone complimented you on something  
     you had done?
D   Very lonely or remote from other people?
E   Pleased about having accomplished something?
F   Bored?
G   On top of the world?
H   Depressed or very unhappy?
I    That things were going your way?
J    Upset because someone criticized you?

Answer options and scoring:
yes = 1
no  = 0
Summation:
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Classification:
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's label:
Affect Balance Score
Error estimates:
Source: Hall, J. 1976
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 17%,   2: 69%   (total 86%)
Summary Statistics
On original range -5 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
1.40
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How happy are you currently.....?
1  very happy
2  pretty happy
3  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-h
Author's label:
Affect Balance
Page in publication:
173
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In getting the things you want out of life, how would you say that you are  right now.....?
3  very well
2  pretty well
1  not too well
Classification:
C-W-c-sq-v-3-a
Page in publication:
173
Full text:
Self rating on single question:

"All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you overall with your life as a whole these days?"

Rated on ladder scale
[ 10 ]  completely satisfied
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[  0  ]  completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
satisfaction
Page in publication:
173
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:
7.80

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Happiness (O-HL by A-AB) O-HL by A-AB Happiness (A-AB by C-RW) A-AB by C-RW Life-satisfaction O-SL by A-AB