Findings on happiness in Larson (1989): study US 1984 /2

Author(s)Larson, R.
TitleIs Feeling "In Control" Related to Happiness in Daily Life?
SourcePsychological Reports, 1989, Vol. 64, 775 - 784
PublicAdolescents suburban Chicago high school, USA, followed 2 years, 198?-8?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =75
 T1: 75, T2: 28
Non ResponseT1 46%
AssesmentExperience sampling
 Experience Sampling during 1 week about 8 times a day.
General remarksComplete self-reports obtained for 69% of the signals sent in T1 sample and 84% in T2 sample. Mechanical failures and schedule problems reported in T1.
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) T2: M=4.80; SD= 0.58
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.53

Correlational findings

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