Findings on happiness in Rahe et al. (1976): study US 1971

Author(s)Rahe, R.H.; Biersner, R.J.; Ryman, D.H.
TitleSerum Uric Acids, Cholesterol and Psychological Moods throughout Stressfull Naval Training.
SourceNaval Health Research Center, Report nr. 76-18, 1976, San Diego, California, USA
PublicNavy recruits, followed 4 weeks, USA, 197?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =117
 51 volunteers, mean age 19,1, mean level of education 11,4 years. 66 recruits in control group, mean age 18,9, mean level of education 11,1 years.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 7 questions, repeated 15 times during 2 month (experience sampling) Below is a list of words describing moods and feelings. Indicate how each of these words applies to how you feel now. A Contented B Calm C Happy D Pleased E Satisfied F Cheerful G Good Rating options (same for all items): 1 not at all 2 somewhat or slightly 3 mostly or generally Summation: average over 2 months. Name: Happiness subscale of Ryman et al (1974) Mood Questionnaire (MQ)
Author's labelMood questionaire
Page in publication884,886
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Serum uric acid levelB03ac03Physical states
Succes in military trainingM12acMilitary skill
Succes in military trainingS01ac02School-success, also classified as above ↑