Findings on happiness in Joseph & Lewis (1998): study GB 1996

Author(s)Joseph, S.; Lewis, C.A.
TitleThe Depression-Happiness Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Bipolar Self-Report Scale.
SourceJournal of Clinical Psychology, 1998, Vol. 54, 537 - 544
Public18+ students, Ulster, UK, 1995
 100 students
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =100
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksSee also studies GB 1995 (1846) and GB 2002 (15469)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 25 questions: A number of statements that people have used to describe how they feel are given below. Read each one and circle the number that best describes how frequently that statement was true for you in the past seven days, including today. Some statements describe positive feelings and some describe negative feelings. You may have experienced both positive and negative feelings at different times in the past week. A I felt sad B I felt I had failed as a person C I felt dissatisfied with my life D I felt mentally alert E I felt disappointed with myself F I felt cheerful G I felt life wasn't worth living H I felt satisfied with my life I I felt healthy J I felt life crying K I felt I had been successful L I felt happy M I felt I couldn't make decisions N I felt unattractive O I felt optimistic about the future P I felt life was rewording Q I felt cheerless R I felt life has a purpose S I felt too tired to do anything T I felt pleased with the way I am U I felt lethargic V I found it easy to make decisions W I felt life was enjoyable X I felt life was meaningless Y I felt run down Answer options: 0 never 1 rarely 2 sometimes 3 often Negative affect score (NAS): A, B, C, E, G, J, M, N, Q, S, U, X, Y. Positive affect score (PAS): D, F, H, I, K, L, O, P, R, T, V, W. Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS + 39 Name: McGreal & Joseph 'Depression-Happiness Scale' (DHS)
Author's labelDepression-Happiness Scale (D-H S)
Page in publication543
RemarksCronbach alpha 0,88.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 75On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation10.75

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Absence of dysfunctional prioritiesshow  Attitudinal (dis)functionality
Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)show  Depressive (f31-33)
Oxford Happiness Inventory (OHI)show  Happiness inventories involving unacceptable items