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Sudman (1967): study US 1964

Publication

Author(s):
Sudman, S.
Title:
Reducing the Cost of Surveys.
Source:
Aldine, 1967, Chicago, USA

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, USA, 1964
Survey name:
US-NORC-160
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 2084
Non Response:
Assessment:
Multiple methods
Mixed methods: face-to-face, telephone and written questionnaire

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
Author's label:
those answering very happy
Page in publication:
55
Full text:
Selfreport on 9 questions:

During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....?  (yes/no)
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): AC+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +4

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (adjusted version 'excited/interested' item dropped)
Classification:
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-c
Author's label:
Affect level
Page in publication:
171

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Catholic and Protestant Interviews and Self-administered Q's Current religious denomination Interview technique Method of interrogation