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Studies

Windsor et al. (2009): study US 2006

Publication

Author(s):
Windsor, T.D.; Ryan, L.H.; Smith, J.
Title:
Individual Well-Being in Middle and Older Adulthood: Do Spousal Beliefs Matter?
Source:
The Journals of Gerontology Series B, 2009, Vol. 64B, 586 - 596

Investigation

Public:
50+aged, married couples, USA, 2006
Survey name:
US-HRS 2006
Sample:
Selection from general population sample
Respondents:
N = 4564
Non Response:
10%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 12 questions:

During the past 30 days, how much of the time did you feel ..?
A  So sad nothing could cheer you up
B  Nervous
C  Restless or fidgety
D  Hopeless
E  That everything was an effort
F  Worthless
G  Cheerful
H  In good spirits
I    Extremely happy
J   Calm and peaceful
K  Satisfied
L  Full of life

1 = none of the time (never)
2 = a little of the time
3 = some of the time
4 = most of the time
5 = all of the time  ( always)

Computation: (G+H+I+J+K+L) - ( A+B+C+D+E+F)

Name: Mroczek & Kolarz (1998)  Affect Balance Scale (MIDI-affect)
Classification:
A-BMr-cm-mq-v-5-a
Author's label:
Positive and negative affect
Remarks:
Unweighed mean and s.d. computed by WDH-team.
Husbands: M=12,07, s.d.=0,95; wives: M=11,90, s.d.=0,99
Page in publication:
589
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -24 - 24 On range 0-10
Mean:
11.99