Findings on happiness in Palmore (1975): study ZZ East-West pairs 1959

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 and USA, 1959-1962
Survey nameCantril World Survey
 Cantril Worldsurvey. See CANTR 1965
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Probability samples.
Respondents N =2521
 1959: 972, 1962:1549
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interviews.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Respondent was first asked to describe "your wishes and hopes for your future" and then to describe "your fears and worries about your future". He was then presented with a picture of a ladder numbered from zero on the bottom to nine on the top rung. Respondent was asked to suppose "that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst life for you". Where on the ladder do you feel you stand at the present time?" [ 9 ] best possible life [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Name: Cantril's Present Life Ladder rating (modified version)
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication117
RemarksJapan: Ms = 5.2 USA: Ms = 6.6
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Young versus old