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Studies

Wessman (1956): study NL 1948

Publication

Author(s):
Wessman, A.E.
Title:
A Psychological Inquiry into Satisfaction and Happiness.
Source:
Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Princeton University, 1956, USA

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Netherlands, 1948
Survey name:
Gallup poll
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 0
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question

In general, how happy would you say (that) you are ?
3  very happy
2  fairly happy
1  not very happy/ not at all happy

Originally 4 step scale, 'not at all'  scores added to 'not very'
Classification:
O-HL-g-sq-v-3-j
Remarks:
Answers were scored on a 4 step scale, but in the report the options 'not very happy' and 'not at all happy' were combined. The full scores have not been traced back as yet. Computation of transformed mean and standarddeviation is therefore not possible.
Page in publication:
166
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 6%,   2: 44%,   3: 43%   (total 93%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.40
SD:
0.61