Findings on happiness in Irwin et al. (1979): study NZ 1975

Author(s)Irwin, R.; Dixon, G.; Kammann, R.
TitleIf you Want to Know how Happy I am ,You'll have to Ask me.
SourceNew Zealand Psychologist, 1979, Vol. 8, 10 - 12
PublicSingles, Dunedin New Zealand, 1975
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability purposive snowball sample. Subjects were selected by the investigator through an informal acquaintance network in a search for flats which contained at least three people among whom there were no married couples or pairs of lovers.
Respondents N =78
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarks- other-ratings and self-ratings - 26 trios, the members rating themselves and the two others.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "Over the past month I have been feeling.........?" 7 extremely happy 6 very happy 5 somewhat happy 4 mixed (about equally happy and unhappy) 3 somewhat unhappy 2 very unhappy 1 extremely unhappy
Author's labelHappiness (self-rating)
Error estimatesReliability: Validity:
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Pair similarityH11ab03cPerceived difference with own happiness
Perceptual accuracyS02ag03Congruency self-image and reputation
Perceptual accuracyI03ac04Perceptual performance, also classified as above ↑
Perceptual accuracyH09ab02Rating of happiness by peers, also classified as above ↑
ProjectionH11ab03cPerceived difference with own happiness