Findings on happiness in Tissue & Wells (1971): study US 1971

Author(s)Tissue, T.; Wells, L.
TitleAntecedent Life Styles and Old Age.
SourcePsychological Reports, 1971, Vol. 29, 1100
PublicApplicants for old age assistance, USA, 1971.
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =256
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly excited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Author's labelAffect Balance
Page in publication29
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Frequency of contact with friendsshow  Current contacts with friends
Membership in a special group or clique of friendsshow  Current friendship network
Membership in a special group or clique of friendsshow  Membership of voluntary organizations, also classified as above ↑
Number of current friendsshow  Current number of friends