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Headey (1981): study AU 1978

Publication

Author(s):
Headey, B.
Title:
The Quality of Life in Australia.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1981, Vol. 9, 155 - 181

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, Australia, 1978
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 679
Non Response:
not reported
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question asked twice

'How do you feel about your life as a whole?'
1  terrible
2  very unhappy
3  unhappy
4  mostly dissatisfied
5  mixed feelings
6  mostly satisfied
7  pleased
8  very pleased
9  delighted
Classification:
O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a
Author's label:
Life-as-a-whole index
Remarks:
Same questions asked at the beginning and after 15 minutes interview time, results averaged. Respondents in general scored higher the second time. 86.3% answered at the same or adjacent point on the scale
Page in publication:
159
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 9 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.00
SD:
1.20
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:
Bradburn's Affect Balance scale
Page in publication:
159
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -5 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
1.70
SD:
2.00

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Self-fulfillment index Life-adjustment inventories Handle problems index Satisfaction with self-realization
Satisfaction with own coping with life-change
Respect index Self perceived recognition
Satisfaction with social support received
Friends index Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with personal contacts
Sex life Satisfaction with sex-life Standard of living index Satisfaction with standard of living Family activities Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Health index Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with physical activity
Fun and enjoyment Pleasant (vs unpleasant) Assertiveness index Evaluation of aspects of self
Assertive
Marriage index Satisfaction with marriage Privacy index Need for privacy
Satisfaction with freedom
Independent
Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Other's moral qualities index Satisfaction with compatriots in nation
Trusting
Trust in people
Own moral qualities index Satisfaction with own morality
Moral
Parents index Relations with parents Spare time activities Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with activity pattern
Job index Current satisfaction with work Your children Attitudes to characteristics of one's children
Current relation with one's children
Worries index (Anxiety index) Amount of worrying
Burden of current life-events
Work around the house index Satisfaction with household activities House Satisfaction with housing Suburb/neighborhood Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction with local environment
Organisational involvement index Satisfaction with organizational participation Safety from violence, theft Satisfaction with safety in vinicity
Attitudes to victimization
Government index Attitudes to government Life concerns Satisfaction with multiple domains of life