Findings on happiness in Payne (1975): study GB 1972

Author(s)Payne, R.L.
TitleRecent Life Changes and The Reporting of Psychological States.
SourceJournal of Psychosomatic Research, 1975, Vol. 19, 99 -103
PublicEmployed males, supervising jobs, England, 197?
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability purposive quota sample. Interviewers were instructed to obtain a sample which contained 80% persons who supervise other people. Compared to the general population underrepre- sentation of very lowskilled workers. Age 30-60, mostly whites.
Respondents N =192
Non Response4% incomplete.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Interview and questionnaire administered at home.
General remarksSame study also reported in PAYNE 1974.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 13 questions: "During the past four weeks have you ever felt....?" (yes/no) A Pleased about having accomplished something. B Things going my way. C Proud because someone complimented me on something I had done. D Particularly excited or interested in something I had done. E On top of the world. F A deep sense of joy. G Pleased because my life feels orderly and secure. H Bored. I Very lonely and remote from other people. J Jealous of somebody. K Angry with someone. L Disappointed in myself.. M Unhappy about the small number of times I have pleasant feelings and experiences. Answer options: 0 no yes If yes: How often did you feel so? 5 every day 4 several times a week 3 once a week 2 2 or 3 times a month 1 once a month Summation: - Positive Affect Score (PAS): Average A to G - Negative Affect Score (NAS): Average H to M - Affect Balance Score (AB): PAS minus NAS Possible range: +42 tot -30 Name : Bradburn's "Affected Balance Scale' (modified version)
Author's labelPsychological well-being.
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Experience of recentlife changesshow  Summed life-events: standard weights