Findings on happiness in Angrist (1974): study US 1974

Author(s)Angrist, S.S.
TitleDimensions of Well-Being in Public Housing Families.
SourceEnvironment and Behavior, 1974, Vol. 6, 495 - 516
PublicPublic housing tenants, USA, 1974
 Public from 2 different public housing areas: 1 - Predominantly black, female-headed households, 20% over 60 years old, most on social security. 2 - Population more varied than 1: larger families, younger families, more male-headed households, fewer blacks, higher income.
Collect period.
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability area sample
 2 subsamples in different public housing area's. 50% sample from each project by selecting the female household head in every other dwelling. Interviewers were trained woman tenants.
Respondents N =210
 Subsample 1: 84 respondents Subsample 2: 210 respondents
Non Response0
 Refusals and inadequate responses were substituted by randomly selected cases.
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksAuthor could not be contacted for comment.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Lead item not reported. [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] worst possible life Name: Cantril's self anchoring Ladder rating of life (modified version)
Author's labelWell-being
Page in publication497, 504
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on 18 questions: How have things been going in the past few weeks? Please tick one of the two boxes for each of the questions below: A Have you been annoyed with someone? B Have you ever felt lonely or remote from people? C Have you ever felt that things were going your way? D Have you ever felt very worried E Have you ever felt pleased because you've got friends? F Have you ever been afraid of what might happen? G Have you ever felt particularly excited or interested in something? H Have you ever felt depressed or unhappy? I Have you ever been full of energy? J Have you ever felt really tired? K Have you ever felt so restless that you could not sit long in a chair? L Have you ever felt that you were really enjoying yourself? M Have you ever felt really cheerful? N Have you ever felt like crying? O Have you ever felt at the top of the world? P Have you ever felt confident about the future? Q Have you ever felt bored? R Have you ever felt pleased about having accomplished something? Rated: 0: no 1: yes Computation: (C+E+G+I+L+M+O+P+R) - (A+B+D+F+H+J+K+N+Q) Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale: extended version
Author's labelAvowed happiness
Page in publication497, 504
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Fear of crimeshow  Perceived safety in vinicity
Future aspirationsshow  Current hope
Low identification with housing projectshow  Satisfaction with housing
Low identification with housing projectshow  Satisfaction with local environment, also classified as above ↑
Poor livabilityshow  Satisfaction with housing
Social tiesshow  Visits to friends