Findings on happiness in Payne (1974): study GB 1972

Author(s)Payne, R.L.
TitleN.M. Bradburn's Measures of Psychological Well-Being: An Attempt at Replication.
SourceM.C.R. Social and Applied Psychology Unit, Department of Psychology University of Sheffield, 1974, UK
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 supervised other people. Compared with the general population underrepre- sentation of very low skilled workers. Age 30-60; almost 100% whites.
Respondents N =192
Non Response4% incomplete.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Interview and questionnaire administered at home.
General remarksSame study reported in PAYNE 1975.
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.
Error estimatesReliability: Equivalence: positive items : Q ranging from -.17 to +.70 negative items : Q ranging from +.03 to +.56 positive x negative items : Q ranging from -.15 to +.74 positive affect score x negative affect score: G = +.39 Validity:
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelPsychological well-being.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: When you think of the things you want from life, how would you say that you're doing in getting the things you want.....?" 2 pretty well 1 not too well
Author's labelPsychological well-being.
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Contacts with friendsF06acCurrent contacts with friends
Encountered new stimulating ideasC12ab03Self-perceived creativeness
Ever expected a nervous breakdownH13aa01Earlier mental health
Expected a nervous breakdown more than onceH13aa01Earlier mental health
Getting what one wants from lifeH07ab03cA-AB by C-RW
Having met new peopleS06aa02Change in personal contacts
Having sufficient energy to do things one wantsM15ac06Feeling energetic (vs lethargic, tired)
Health status.H15abCurrent psycho-somatic complaints
Long-standing illnessH14ab02dChronic illness
New activities or hobbies engaged in.L03aa02bChange in specific leisure activities
Psychological well- beingH07aa02bO-HL by A-AB
Recent illness.H14ab04Days ill
Satisfaction with boss.W05ad02gSatisfaction with management
Satisfaction with colleaguesW05ad02cSatisfaction with colleagues
Satisfaction with payW05ad02aSatisfaction with pay
Satisfaction with work itself.W05ad02dSatisfaction with work itself
Self-esteemS02ad02Evaluation of self-as-a-whole
Talking with friendson telephoneF06ac04Telephone calls with friends
Wish to change life.L05ac01aWish to change life