Findings on happiness in Larson (1989): study US 1984 /1

Author(s)Larson, R.
TitleIs Feeling "In Control" Related to Happiness in Daily Life?
SourcePsychological Reports, 1989, Vol. 64, 775 - 784
PublicRetired inhabitants of middle-sized Ontario metropolitan, USA, 198?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Stratified area sampling. Better educated white, 52 women, 40 men, age between 55 and 88 (mean age 68).
Respondents N =92
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentExperience sampling
 Experience Sampling: about 8 times a day during 1 week.
General remarksComplete self-reports obtained for 76% of the signals sent.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question repeated several times a day. " .. mood .." Full lead question not reported 7 happy 6 5 4 3 2 1 sad
Author's labelHappy/sad
Page in publication779
RemarksAssessed 8 times a day during one week. Part of a 4 item sematic differential scale (other items cheerfull, friendly and sociable)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.77

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Subjective controlP05bpInner locus of control