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Palisi (1985b): study ZZ Western nations 1977

Publication

Author(s):
Palisi, B.J.
Title:
Voluntary Associations and Well-Being in Three Metropolitan Areas: Cross Cultural Evidence.
Source:
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 1985, Vol. 22, 265 - 288

Investigation

Public:
Males, metropolitan areas: London, Los Angeles and Sydney, 1977-80
Sample:
Probability systematic sample
Respondents:
N = 752
Non Response:
67%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single  question:

"......happiness during past few weeks....." (full lead not reported)
4  very happy
3
2
1  not too happy
Classification:
M-FH-cm-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
Happiness
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:
Overall Well Being

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Happiness A-AB by M-AO Voluntary association membership Membership of voluntary organizations Frequency of attending voluntary associations Attendance to meetings Occupation Current occupation Native born Ever migrated or not Age Current age (in years) Married status Married state (compared to non-married states) Education Level of school-education