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Hay (1979): study GB 1976

Publication

Author(s):
Hay, D.
Title:
The Spiritual Experiences of the British.
Source:
New Society, 1979, Vol. 48, 72 - 74

Investigation

Public:
Adult, general public, Great Britain, 1976
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2000
Non Response:
?
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Partly highly structured, partly focused open-ended interview

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:
Psychological well-being

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Spiritual experiences Current religious experiences