Findings on happiness in Antonovsky et al. (1971): study IL 1968

Author(s)Antonovsky, A.; Dowty, N.; Maoz, B.; Wijsenbeek, H.
TitleTwenty-Five Years Later: A Limited Study of Sequelae of the Concentration Camp Experience.
SourceSocial Psychiatry, 1971, Vol. 6, 186 - 193
PublicFemales, born between 1914-1923 in Central Europe, Israel 1968
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability sample of females, post stratified by ethnicity. All respondents are inhabitants of a fair sized Israeli city; 77 with and 210 without concentration camp experience.
Respondents N =287
Non Response52%: 24% unattainable, 29% incomplete; unaffected by age
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Structured interview, medical examination, psychiatric interview.
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 labelOverall life situation
RemarksCamp survivors Ms=5.6, Ss without camp experience Ms= 6.5
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Having been in concentration campshow  Earlier involvement with war
Having been in concentration campshow  Earlier victimization (ever victimized), also classified as above ↑