Findings on happiness in Mellor et al. (1999): study AU 1994

Author(s)Mellor, D.J.; Cummins, R.A.; Loquet, C.
TitleThe Gold Standard for Life Satisfaction: Confirmation and Elaboration Using an Imaginary Scale and Qualitative Interview.
SourceInternational Journal of Social Research, 1999, Vol. 2, 263 - 278
Public18-25 aged students, Australia, 1994
 University students, studing psychology.
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 The participants were divided into two groups: Group 1 was measured on the ComQol and the own imaginary scale of life satisfaction; Group 2 was measured on the ComQol and the single-item seven point Likert scale.
Respondents N =42
 All but 3 of the subjects were female
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Comprehensive Quality of Life Scale (ComQol)-adult version, Single-item seven point Likert scale & an own imaginary scale of life satisfaction (thermometer). The first one mearuses the level of perceived satisfaction with each of seven domains as follows: material well-being, health, productivity, intimacy, safety, community and amotional well-being (0-100 scale). This is measured by having the subject tell their best or worst life scenario. In the second one participants responded to a single item question about their life satisfaction. The last one is an indication of the position of the participants on their own imaginary scale of life satisfaction.
General remarksStudents received course credit for participating.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question, Think about the quality your current life and imagine that it is being registered by this thermometer 100 the best my life can possibly be ; ; ; 0 the worst my life can possibly be Preceded by open questions about particular circumstances that could have produced the best and worst possible life
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication263
RemarksRange: 35.0 - 95.0
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 100On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole right now.....? 7 delightful 6 very satisfying 5 satisfying 4 mixed 3 dissatisfying 2 very dissatisfying 1 terrible No opinion Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' ( modified version)
Author's labelsingle item
Page in publication266
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Conprehensive Quality of Life Scaleshow  Mixed multiple life-appraisals
Sequence of questions on best or worst possible lifeshow  Sequence of items