Findings on happiness in Gehmacher (1988a): study AT 1985

Author(s)Gehmacher, E.
TitleWohlbefinden und Lebensqualität. (Feeling Well and Quality of Life).
SourcePaper, Institut für Empirische Sozialforschung (IFES), 1988, Vienna, Austria
PublicAdults, followed 6 months, Austria, 198?
Collect periodspring
 Year of data gathering not reported. T1: spring T2: fall
Survey nameNot available
 IFES study nr
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =0
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Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole.....? 5 very satisfied 4 3 2 1 not at all satisfied Numbers presented in reversed order (very satisfied '1', not t all satisfied '5')
Author's labelSatisfaction with life in general
Finding used in
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Full textTime sampling of happy behaviors during free play and Bayley testing. Analysis of 1 minute intervals during Bayley tests and 30 second intervals during free play Rated: 1 no positive emotion observed 2 positive interest 3 smiling 4 strong laughter Computation: average over all observations Interviewer rating of happiness, using flexible standards relative to the age of the subject. Full instructions not reported.
Author's labelHappy person
Error estimatesRetest-reliability over 6 month: r=+.29
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Full textSelfreport on single question: How would you rate the last month of your life. Was it a happy or an unhappy time for you......? 5 very happy time 4 fairly happy time 3 happy nor unhappy 2 rather unhappy time 1 very unhappy time
Author's labelHappy time
Error estimatesReliability: Retest reliability over 6 month: r=+.34 Validity:
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Full textSelfreport on 2 questions: A "Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are.....?" 1 not too happy 2 pretty happy 3 very happy B "How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life.....?" 1 rarely 2 now and than 3 fairly often 4 all the time Summation: factor score
Author's labelGlück (Happiness)
Error estimatesReliability: Retest-reliability over 6 month: r=+.70 Validity:
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Happinessshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago)
Happy personshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago)
Happy timeshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago)
Satisfaction with life in generalshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago)