Findings on happiness in Dermer et al. (1979): study US 1978

Author(s)Dermer, M.; Anderson, E.A.; Cohen, S.J.; Jacobson, E.
TitleEvaluative Judgements of Aspects of Life as a Function of Vicarious Exposure to Hedonic Extremes.
SourceJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1979, Vol. 37, 247 - 260
PublicFemale students, moderately happy, USA, 1978
Collect period2
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability chunk sample Women were selected as a matter of convenience
Respondents N =73
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksExtreme unhappy and extreme happy Ss. ommitted
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life-as-a-whole.....? 1 terrible 2 unhappy 3 mostly dissatisfied 4 mixed 5 mostly satisfied 6 pleased 7 delighted The rating scale was presented horizontally and allowed scores in between (resulting in fact in a 67 point scale) Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (modified version)
Author's labelFeelings about life as a whole
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Pleasant imaginationI06ab02Prior mood-manipulation