Findings on happiness in Palmore (1969): study US NorthCarolina 1955

Author(s)Palmore, E.B.
TitlePhysical, Mental and Social Factors in Predicting Longevity.
SourceThe Gerontologist, 1969, Vol. 9, 103 - 108
Public60-94 aged, North Carolina, USA 1955-59
 ambulatory, non-institutionalized residents of North Carolina area. Median age 70
Last assesment1959
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability sample (unspecified)
 Volunteers, recruitment not reported. Distribution of sex, racial, and occupational distribution approximated that of the area.
Respondents N =265
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 2-day series of physical, psychiatric and psycholocial examinations, laboratory tests and social history interviews Follow-up of survival over 13 years
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder (9) represents the best possible life for you and the bottom (0) represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel personally stand at the present time? [ 9 ] best possible life for you [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life for you Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (adapted version)
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Longevityshow  Longevity (assessed in follow up)