Findings on happiness in Tessler & Mechanic (1978): study US Wisconsin 1972

Author(s)Tessler, R.; Mechanic, D.
TitlePsychological Distress and Perceived Health.
SourceJournal of Health and Social Behavior, 1978, Vol. 19, 254 - 262
PublicStudents, Wisconsin, USA,1972-73
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Random sample of the student population of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Respondents N =1391
Non Response18%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Do you consider yourself as a happy person......? 4 very happy 3 happy 2 neither happy nor unhappy 1 not too happy - don't know
Author's labelPersonal happiness
Page in publication256
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Perceived health statusshow  Self-perceived health
Reports of sickness in past 3 monthsshow  Days ill