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Studies

Symonds (1937): study US 1935

Publication

Author(s):
Symonds, P.M.
Title:
Happiness as related to problems and interest.
Source:
Journal of Educational Psychology, 1937, Vol. 28, 290 -294.

Investigation

Public:
High school pupils and college students, USA, 193?
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1651
Non Response:
-
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"Check one of the following groups of adjectives which best describes you."
7  full of deep joy, excitedly happy, enthusiastic, thrilled
6  cheerful, successful, optimistic, lighthearted
5  satisfied, comfortable, life goes smoothly, peaceful
4  contented at times and at other times discontented, life has
    both  favorable and unfavorable features
3  restless, impatient, uncertain, dull, cross, confined
2  anxious, irritated, discouraged, disappointed, discontented
1  gloomy, miserable, a failure, no pleasure in anything
Classification:
A-AOL-g-sq-v-7-b
Author's label:
Happiness

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Interests Specific concerns Being interested in study habits Perceived usefulness of schooling Having problems withstudy habits Problems at work Being interested in family relationships Concern about intimates Having problems withfamily relationships Family climate (earlier for adults, current for young) Being interested in health Concerns about health Having problems withhealth Concerns about health
Global health rating
Being interested in mental hygiene Specific concerns Having problems withmental hygiene Specific concerns Having problems withmoney Worrying about money Being interested in money Concerns about income Being interested in manners Specific concerns
Current interests
Having problems withmanners Specific concerns Being interested in recreation Concern about leisure Having problems withrecreation Concern about leisure Having problems with getting along with others Sociable
Ability to maintain intimate contacts
Being interested in civic interests Political concern Having problems withcivic interests Political concern Being interested in personal attractive-ness Interest in appearance Having problems withpersonal attractive-ness Satisfaction with one's appearance Having problems withsex Problems with sex Being interested in sex Concern about sex Being interested in getting along with others Concern about personal contacts Having problems withdaily schedule Current time-organization Being interested in daily schedule Current time-organization Being interested in philosophy of life Concern about own values Having problems withphylosophy of life Concern about own values Being interested in personal and moral qualities Concern about own values Having problems withpersonal and moral qualities Concern about own values Problems Kind of problems perceived