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Verkuyten (1989): study NL 1984

Publication

Author(s):
Verkuyten, M.
Title:
Happiness among Adolescents in the Netherlands: Ethnic and Sex Differences.
Source:
Psychological Reports, 1989, Vol. 65, 577 - 578

Investigation

Public:
13-16 aged general public, Netherlands, 198?
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 3228
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 Scale
Page in publication:
578
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -5 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
1.55
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"Above you see a numbered ladder. Consider the top of the ladder as the best possible life and the bottom of the ladder as the worst possible life.
A  Please place an X where you feel you are now.
B  Place an Y at the point where you were five years ago.
C  Please place a Z at the point that you feel you will be at five years from now.
[  10  ]  best possible life
[    9  ]
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]
[    0  ]  worst possible life

Question A is the case question.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (modified version)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-b
Author's label:
Cantril
Page in publication:
577
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.32

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Ethnic minority Ever migrated or not
Ethnic status in the Netherlands
Length of residence Time since migration