Findings on happiness in Brook et al. (1979): study US Dakota County, Minnesota 1972

Author(s)Brook, R.H.; Davies-Avery, A.; Stewart, A.L.; Ware, J.E.
TitleOverview of Adult Health Status Measures Fielded in Rand's Health Insurance Study.
SourceMedical Care, 1979, Vol. 17
PublicHeads of households, Dayton , USA, 1972-1979
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =3441
 14+ aged, Dayton, USA, 1972-1979
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelPresent life satisfaction
Page in publication42
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Anxietyshow  Anxious
Depressionshow  Depressive (f31-33)
General Healthshow  Global health rating
Positive well-beingshow  Feeling satisfied (vs dissatisfied)
Self-controlshow  Inner locus of control
Vitalityshow  Feeling energetic (vs lethargic, tired)