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Smith (1979): study US 1975

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, 1975
Survey name:
US-NORC-5059
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 581
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Page in publication:
22
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 18%,   2: 50%,   3: 32%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.14 7.06
SD:
0.69 1.80