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Smith (1979): study US 1966 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Smith, T.W.
Title:
Happiness: Time Trends, Seasonal Variations, Intersurvey Differences, and Other Mysteries.
Source:
Social Psychology Quarterly, 1979, Vol. 42, 18 - 30

Investigation

Public:
Adults, age range not reported, general public, United States, 1966
Survey name:
US-AIPO-736
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 1588
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In general, how happy would you say you are ?
3  very happy
2  fairly happy
1  not happy
Classification:
O-HL-g-sq-v-3-I
Remarks:
Table 3 refers to this item as A6 but it is item A7. In the appendix the question wordings A6 and A7 are reversed (personal communication Tom Smith 12-10-2001)
Page in publication:
22
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 7%,   2: 47%,   3: 46%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.39 7.52
SD:
0.61 1.89