Findings on happiness in Chiriboga (1975): study US 1969

Publication
Author(s)Chiriboga, D.A.
TitlePerceptions of Well-Being.
SourceLowenthal, M.F.;et al;Eds.: "Four Stages of Life", Jossey Bass, 1975, San Francisco, USA, 84 - 98
Investigation
PublicPeople in transition, metropolis, USA, 1969
 Same study reported in LOWEN 1975.
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 1. high school seniors (facing college, job, marriage) chunk sample: class of senior high school men N:25, women N:27 2. newly weds (facing parenthood) snowball sample: recruted by respondents and marriage lists men N:25, women N:25 3. middle aged parents (facing empty nest) chunk sample: parents of high school students men N:27, women N:27 4. elderly planning to retire snowball sample: recruted by respondents and organisations men N:30, women N:30 5. younger = 1 + 2 6. older = 3 + 4
Respondents N =216
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Lengthy interviews
General remarksDetail about measurement of correlated variables taken from Lowenthal 1975.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Author's labelOverall Happiness
Page in publication86
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on 3 questions: A. " Dissatisfied" and "Unhappy" responses on the Block (1961) Adjective Rating List. B. Overall happiness. Single direct question: "Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .......?" 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy C. Present-year score on Life-Evaluation Chart, ranging from: 1 low 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 high
ClassificationO-Sum-u-mq-*-0-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication87
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on 8 questions: "During the past week, did you ever feel.....?" A Particularly interested in or excited about something B Pleased about having accomplished something C On top of the world D Pity for some people you know E Helpless, with no control over situations F Bored G Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why H Angry about something that usually wouldn't bother you Rating options: 0 never 1 once 2 several times 3 often Summation: Factorially derived clusters: A+B+C+D (Enhancement) E+F+G+H (Discomfort) Affect Balance Score: Enhancement minus Discomfort. Possible range: + 16 to - 16 Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance scale' (modified version)
ClassificationA-BB-cw-mq-v-4-b
Author's labelAffect balance
Page in publication87
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Ease-contentment activitiesL03ac01Leisure activity level
Expressive activitiesS06abCurrent contacts
Familial rolesF02aaFamily career (family life-cycle)
Familial rolesR15ab03aFamily roles, also classified as above ↑
Hedonistic activitiesL03ac01Leisure activity level
Occupational rolesR15ab03bWork roles
Respondent- interviewer agreementS02ag03Congruency self-image and reputation
Self-criticismS02ad03dSelf-critical
SexeG01aaSex (male vs female)
Social-service activitiesS07ab02Attendance to meetings
Total role scopeR15ab01Current number of roles