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Studies

Mellor et al. (1999): study AU 1994

Publication

Author(s):
Mellor, D.J.; Cummins, R.A.; Loquet, C.
Title:
The Gold Standard for Life Satisfaction: Confirmation and Elaboration Using an Imaginary Scale and Qualitative Interview.
Source:
International Journal of Social Research, 1999, Vol. 2, 263 - 278

Investigation

Public:
18-25 aged students, Australia, 1994
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability chunk sample
Respondents:
N = 42
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Comprehensive Quality of Life Scale (ComQol)-adult version, Single-item seven point Likert scale & an own imaginary scale of life satisfaction (thermometer). The first one mearuses the level of perceived satisfaction with each of seven domains as follows: material well-being, health, productivity, intimacy, safety, community and amotional well-being (0-100 scale). This is measured by having the subject tell their best or worst life scenario. In the second one participants responded to a single item question about their life satisfaction. The last one is an indication of the position of the participants on their own imaginary scale of life satisfaction.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question,

Think about the quality your current life and imagine that it is being registered by this thermometer
100 the best my life can possibly be
;
;
;
0   the worst my life can possibly be

Preceded by open questions about particular circumstances that could have produced the best and worst possible life
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-n-101-a
Author's label:
life satisfaction
Remarks:
Range: 35.0 - 95.0
Page in publication:
263
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%,   12: 0%,   13: 0%,   14: 0%,   15: 0%,   16: 0%,   17: 0%,   18: 0%,   19: 0%,   20: 0%,   21: 0%,   22: 0%,   23: 0%,   24: 0%,   25: 0%,   26: 0%,   27: 0%,   28: 0%,   29: 0%,   30: 0%,   31: 0%,   32: 0%,   33: 0%,   34: 0%,   35: 0%,   36: 0%,   37: 0%,   38: 0%,   39: 0%,   40: 0%,   41: 0%,   42: 0%,   43: 0%,   44: 0%,   45: 0%,   46: 0%,   47: 0%,   48: 0%,   49: 0%,   50: 0%,   51: 0%,   52: 0%,   53: 0%,   54: 0%,   55: 0%,   56: 0%,   57: 0%,   58: 0%,   59: 0%,   60: 0%,   61: 0%,   62: 0%,   63: 0%,   64: 0%,   65: 0%,   66: 0%,   67: 0%,   68: 0%,   69: 0%,   70: 0%,   71: 0%,   72: 0%,   73: 0%,   74: 0%,   75: 0%,   76: 0%,   77: 0%,   78: 0%,   79: 0%,   80: 0%,   81: 0%,   82: 0%,   83: 0%,   84: 0%,   85: 0%,   86: 0%,   87: 0%,   88: 0%,   89: 0%,   90: 0%,   91: 0%,   92: 0%,   93: 0%,   94: 0%,   95: 0%,   96: 0%,   97: 0%,   98: 0%,   99: 0%,   100: 0%,   101: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 100 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.61
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How do you feel about your life as a whole right now.....?
7  delightful
6  very satisfying
5  satisfying
4  mixed
3  dissatisfying
2  very dissatisfying
1  terrible
No opinion

Name: Andrews & Withey's  `Delighted-Terrible Scale' ( modified version)
Classification:
O-DT-c-sq-v-7-aa
Author's label:
single item
Page in publication:
266

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Conprehensive Quality of Life Scale Mixed multiple life-appraisals Sequence of questions on best or worst possible life Sequence of items