Findings on happiness in Palmore (1975): study JP 1962

Author(s)Palmore, E.B.
TitleThe Honorable Elders: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Aging in Japan.
SourceDuke University Press, 1975, Durham, USA
Public21+ aged, general public, Japan, 1962
Collect period9
Survey nameKettering Survey
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =2000
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 labelPersonal satisfaction ladder rating
Page in publication117
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation