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Shmotkin (1992): study IL 1983

Publication

Author(s):
Shmotkin, D.
Title:
The Apprehensive Respondent: Failing to Rate Future Lifesatisfaction in Older Adults.
Source:
Psychology and Aging, 1992, Vol. 7, 484 - 486

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged, general public, Israel, 1983
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 1165
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

"Here you have  ladder of nine rungs representing different conditions of life in which a person may possibly be. The top of the ladder '9' represents the best possible condition one may think of, and the bottom '1'represents the worst possible condition. On which rung do you think you stand with regard to your personal condition?"
9  best possible
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1  worst possible

This question was followed by questions on the past (five years ago) and the future (five years from now).

Name: Cantril ladder rating (adjusted version)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-9-a
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 9 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.46