Findings on happiness in Bernheim et al. (2006): study DE 1990

Author(s)Bernheim, J.L.; Hofmans, J.; Mazaheri, M.; Theuns, P.
TitleThe Potential of Anamnestic Comparative Self Assessment (ACSA) to Reduce Bias in the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2006, Vol. 7, 227 - 250
PublicPatients university hospital, Berlin, Germany 1990-2003
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 All patients for whom data were available on both ACSA and CQ and the socio-demografic variables gender, age, marital status, education and emplolment, and who belonged to a principal diagnosis category numbering more than 70 cases.
Respondents N =2584
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Filled out in waiting room of hospital, either on paper or on a palm-top computer
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Please rate your life satisfaction these days, compared to the BEST and the WORST periods in your life that you have just identified Answers rated on an open line scale: -5 | worst period -4 | -3 | -2 | -1 | 0 +1 | +2 | +3 | +4 | +5 | best period Preceded by recall of best and worst periods in life-experience Name: ACSA (Anamnestic Comparative Self Assessment)
Author's labelAmennestic Comparative Self-Assesment
Page in publication230-237
RemarksMeans recoded from -5 to +5 to 0-10 Variance 7,74. skewness 0,41, kurtosis -0.69, Kolmogorov-Smirnov Z 5,37 p<0.001
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.78

Scores in012345678910

Full textSelfreport on single question: Currently I am .. with life as a whole 1 very dissatisfied 2 dissatisfied 3 neither satisfied, nor dissatisfied 4 satisfied 5 very satisfied
Author's labelConventional Question (CQ)
Page in publication230-234
RemarksTransformed mean stretched to range 0-10 Variance 9.54, Skewness 0.05, Kurtosis -1.13, Kolmogorov-Smirnov Z 10.15 p<0.001
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation3.08

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Convential Question(CQ)show  O-SL by C-BW
Diseaseshow  Current disease (who icd-10 classification)
Diseaseshow  Current specific mental disorders (icd-10 classification), also classified as above ↑
Employedshow  Current employment status
Graduationshow  Level of school-education
LSIshow  Life-adjustment inventories
Marital statusshow  Broken marriage (divorced and widowed vs married or never married
Sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
socio-demographic variablesshow  Socio-demographic factors only