Findings on happiness in Briscoe (1982): study GB 1977

Author(s)Briscoe, M.E.
TitleSex Differences in Psychological Well-Being.
SourcePsychological Medicine, 1982, Monograph Supplement 1, 1 - 48
PublicMarried couples with high incidence of minor psychiatric problems, London, U.K., 1977
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability purposive sample. Married couples with high incidence of minor psychiatric problems were selected from six General Practices, using the criterion that one of the partners had had at least six consultations in the 12 months prior to the interview.
Respondents N =100
Non Response11%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Highly structured
General remarksNational sample functioned as control. See HALL 1976
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly excited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelAvowed happiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.601.63

Scores in123

Full textSelf rating on single question: "All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you overall with your life as a whole these days?" Rated on ladder scale [ 10 ] completely satisfied [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ 0 ] completely dissatisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Male sexM04ab01aMental health of spouse
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female), also classified as above ↑
Psychiatric morbidity_AH16ab01Being in treatment for mental disorder (vs not)
Psychiatric morbidity_AH12acCurrent medical consumption, also classified as above ↑
Psychiatric morbidity_AH16af02bFrequency of use, also classified as above ↑
Psychiatric morbidity_AH13ab02aaNumber of mental complsints, also classified as above ↑
Psychiatric morbidity_BH16ab04aIn ambulatory treatment