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Studies

Kilpatrick & Cantril (1960): study US 1955

Publication

Author(s):
Kilpatrick, F.P.; Cantril, H.
Title:
Self-Anchoring Scaling: A Measure of Individuals' Unique Reality Worlds.
Source:
Journal of Individual Psychology, 1960, Vol. 16, 158 - 173

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, USA, 195?
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 100
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.56 6.56

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Categories of adult Americans Ever migrated or not
Current occupation
Being a farmer
Ethnic status in the USA