Findings on happiness in Noll & Zapf (1991): study DE East Germany 1990

Author(s)Noll, H.H.; Zapf, W.
TitleWohlfahrtssurvey 'Ost' 1990, Machinenlesbares Codebuch (Welfare survey 'East' 1990, code book)
SourceZentral Archiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung
Public18+ aged, general public, East-Germany, Germany, 1990
 Former communist German Democratic Republic (DDR). Reunited with Germany in 1990
Survey nameWorldValuesSurvey 2
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =1336
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.90