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Tissue & Wells (1971): study US 1971

Publication

Author(s):
Tissue, T.; Wells, L.
Title:
Antecedent Life Styles and Old Age.
Source:
Psychological Reports, 1971, Vol. 29, 1100

Investigation

Public:
Applicants for old age assistance, USA, 1971.
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 256
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 10 questions:

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

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Classification:
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's label:
Affect Balance
Page in publication:
29

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Number of current friends Current number of friends Frequency of contact with friends Current contacts with friends Membership in a special group or clique of friends Current friendship network
Membership of voluntary organizations