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Lounsbury et al. (1979): study US Tennessee 1975

Publication

Author(s):
Lounsbury, J.W.; Shields, M.; Sundstrom, E.
Title:
The Relationship of Avowed Life Satisfaction to Public Acceptance of and Expectations about a Nuclear Power Plant.
Source:
Journal of Community Psychology, 1979, Vol. 7, 298 - 304

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, Hartsville/Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA, 1975
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 288
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Highly structured

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the  bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?   
[  10  ]  best possible life
[    9  ]
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]
[    0  ]  worst possible life
                          
                                                                                
Preceded by 1)  open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and  where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
Avowed life satisfaction
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:
6.40
SD:
1.90

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Perceived effects ofnuclear plants new in town Attitudes to local political issues Consistency of attitude to nuclear plant in town Attitudes to specific political issues
Attitudes to local political issues
Attitudinal consistency
Acceptance of a nuclear plant near town Attitudes to specific political issues
Attitudes to local political issues