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Hay & Morisy (1978): study GB 1976

Publication

Author(s):
Hay, D.; Morisy, A.
Title:
Reports of Esctatic, Paranormal, or Religious Experience in Great Britain and the United States: A Comparison of Trends.
Source:
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1978, Vol. 17, 255 - 268

Investigation

Public:
General public, Great Britain, 1976
Survey name:
Omnibus Survey
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 1865
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

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Religious experience Belief in god
Current religious experiences
Attitudes to religion