Findings on happiness in Brenner (1975): study US Various places 1972

Author(s)Brenner, B.
TitleEnjoyment as a Preventive of Depressive Affect.
SourceJournal of Community Psychology, 1975, Vol. 3, 346 - 357
DOIDOI: 10.1002/1520-6629
Public18+ aged, general public, country and big city, USA, 1972
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 1. Probability cluster sample using households in Washington County, Maryland (N = 1268). 2. Probability multi-stage sample in Kansas City, Missouri (N = 900). In each household the individual to be interviewed was choosen at random.
Respondents N =2168
Non Response19% in Washington, and 25% in Kansas City.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: "How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life? Would you say.....?" 5 very often 4 fairly often 3 occasionally 2 rarely 1 never
Author's labelEnjoyment of life
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Depressive affectshow  Feeling down (vs not)
Psycho-psychologic problemsshow  Current mental complaints
Satisfaction with major life areasshow  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life