Findings on happiness in Campbell (1981): study US 1978

Author(s)Campbell, A.
TitleThe Sense of Well-Being in America.
SourceMcGraw-Hill, 1981, New York, USA
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1978
Collect period2
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability simple random sample
Respondents N =3692
Non Responseabout 20 %
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 at home
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 affects
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....? 7 completely satisfied 6 5 4 neutral 3 2 1 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction with life as a whole
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication21
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.601.56

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Family incomeshow  Household income
Level of educationshow  Level of school-education
Satisfaction with amount of educationshow  Satisfaction with education
Satisfaction with communityshow  Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction with family incomeshow  Satisfaction with income
Satisfaction with family lifeshow  Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with healthshow  Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with houseworkshow  Satisfaction with home-making
Satisfaction with housingshow  Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with life in the  Satisfaction with life in nation in general
Satisfaction with neighbourhoodshow  Attitude to neighborhood
Satisfaction with savingsshow  Attitudes to one's possessions
Satisfaction with selfshow  Satisfaction with oneself-as-a-person
Satisfaction with standard of livingshow  Satisfaction with income
Satisfaction with workshow  Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfied with friendshipsshow  Satisfaction with friends
Satisfied with marriageshow  Satisfaction with marriage