Findings on happiness in Bortner & Hultsch (1972): study US 1959

Author(s)Bortner, R.W.; Hultsch, D.F.
TitlePersonal Time Perspective in Adulthood.
SourceDevelopmental Psychology, 1972, Vol. 7, 98 - 103
Public20-88 aged, general public, USA, 1959
Survey nameUS-Cantril USA sample
 gathered by Gallup organisation in 1959
SampleProbability area sample
 Sample based on the 1965 Cantril sample of 1549 subjects in which the records of individual lacking identifying demographic data were eliminated
Respondents N =1409
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksSame data also reported in Bortner & Hultsch 1970 (see BORTN 1970)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question : "Some people seem to be quite happy and satisfied with their lives, while others seem quite unhappy and dissatisfied. Now look at this ladder (again). Suppose that a person who is entirely satisfied with his life would be at the top of the ladder and a person who is extremely dissatisfied with his life would be at the bottom of the ladder. Where would you put yourself on the ladder at the present stage of your life in terms of how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your personal life?" [ 10 ] entirely satisfied [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] entirely dissatisfied Name Cantril ladder rating (modified version)
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication102
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Protension (5 years forward)show  In the near future (up to 5 years)
Retrotensionshow  In recent past