Findings on happiness in Francis & Bolger (1994): study GB 1990

Author(s)Francis, L.J.; Bolger, J.
TitlePersonality and Psychological Well-Being in Later Life.
SourceThe Irish Journal of Personality, 1994, Vol. 18, 444 - 447
Public55-85 aged retired civil servants, UK, 1990
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 6 males, 44 females
Respondents N =50
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly excited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Author's labelBradurn Balanced Affect Scale
Page in publication445
Error estimatesThe positive affect and the negative affect are uncorrelated (r = -.05; ns)
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