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Studies

Headey & Wearing (1992): study AU AU Victoria 1981

Publication

Author(s):
Headey, B.; Wearing, A.J.
Title:
Understanding Happiness: A Theory of Subjective Well-Being.
Source:
Longman Cheshire, 1992, Melbourne, Australia

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, 1981-1989
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 502
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"Generally speaking, how (much) do you feel happy? What score do you give if we put ten for 'extremely happy, zero for extremely unhappy' and five for neither happy nor unhappy'?"
10 extremely happy
9
8
7
6
5  neither happy nor unhappy
4
3
2
1
0  extremely unhappy
Classification:
M-FH-g-sq-n-11-a
Full text:
Self report on single question:

Question on perception of quality of 'present life'.
(Full lead item not reported)
20  best possible life
.
.
.
0   worst possible life
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-21-a
Author's label:
Perception of present life
Page in publication:
154

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with Life scale (SWLS) Happiness inventories involving unacceptable items Negative affect Current mood of the moment GHQ (General Health Questionnaire) Scores on symptom inventories BDI (Beck Depression Inventory) Depressive (f31-33) Anxiety Feeling secure (vs threatened)
Anxious
Age Current age (in years)