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Headey & Wearing (1981): study AU AU Victoria 1978 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Headey, B.; Wearing, A.J.
Title:
Australians' Priorities, Satisfaction and Well-Being.
Source:
Monograph in Public Policy Studies, nr. 4, University of Melbourne, 1981, Australia

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, Melbourne, Australia, followed 25 months 1978-1981
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 184
Non Response:
0
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

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
Page in publication:
53

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Change in satisfaction with self fulfullment Change in life-appraisals Change in satisfaction with friends Change in friendships Change in satisfaction with standard of living Change in attitude to income Change in satisfaction with sex life Change in sex-life Change in satisfaction with marriage Change in satisfaction with marriage
Change in love-life
Change in satisfaction with leisure Change in satisfaction with leisure
Change in life-appraisals
Change in job satisfaction Change in satisfaction with work Change in satisfaction with House Change in housing Change in satisfaction with health Change in satisfaction with health Change in satisfaction with suburb Change in satisfaction with residence Change in satisfaction with organisations you belong to Attitudes to organizational participation Change in satisfaction with life concerns Summed effects of changes in life