Findings on happiness in Brickman et al. (1978): study US 1977 /2

Author(s)Brickman, P.; Coates, D.; Janoff-Bulman, R.
TitleLottery Winners and Accident Victims: Is Happiness Relative?
SourceJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1987, Vol. 36, 917 - 927
PublicLottery winners and non-lottery winners, Illinois, USA, 1977
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 1. Lottery winners: see BRICK 1978/1. 2. Non-lottery winners: probability random sample. The respondents were chosen from the phone book on the basis of proximity to past lottery winners.
Respondents N =108
Non Response45.5%
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
 Structured interview, mainly by phone
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "How happy are you now (not at this moment, but at this stage of life) .....?" 1 not at all 2 3 4 5 6 very much (originally rated on horizontal line scale)
Author's labelHappiness
RemarksLottery winners: M=4.00 Ms'=8.00 Non/winners/buyers: M=3.81 Ms'=7.62 Non-winners/non buyers M=4.00 Ms'=8.00
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Having won a major lotteryL18ab02Lottery winning
Having won a major lotteryL06ab02Specific current life-events, also classified as above ↑
Lottery playingL18ab01Lottery playing