Findings on happiness in Cantril (1965): study IL 1962

Publication
Author(s)Cantril, H.
TitleThe Pattern of Human Concern.
SourceRutgers University Press, 1965, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Investigation
PublicAdults, living in Kibutz, Israel, 1962
Survey nameCantril World Survey
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Probability sample from 10 Kibbutzim.
Respondents N =300
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksSee also CANTR 1965/8
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 represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean7.00
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Young versus old
Positive evaluation of present national situationshow  Evaluation of current situation of nation