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Nelson (1982): study US 1978 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Nelson, G.
Title:
Coping with the Loss of the Father.
Source:
Journal of Family Issues, 1982, Vol. 3, 41 - 60

Investigation

Public:
Mothers, Winnipeg, USA, 1978
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 45
Non Response:
Widowed (57%), Divorced (56%), Married (72%)
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionaire and focused interview

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:
Adjustment

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Family status MARRIAGE: CURRENT MARITAL STATUS