Findings on happiness in Cameron (1975): study US 1970

Author(s)Cameron, P.
TitleMood as an Indicant of Happiness: Age, Sex, Social Class and Situational Differences.
SourceJournal of Gerontology, 1975, Vol. 30, 216 - 224
PublicCollege students, Detroit, USA, 197?
 Year of data gathering not reported, estimsted 1970
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Non-probability chunk sample.
Respondents N =187
Non Response?
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Mailed questionnaire and time sampling
General remarksTime-sampling: The students were administered various personality scales and then interrupted 21 times over the course of the quarter and their mood indexed.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question, asked 21 times in a period of 10 weeks (experience sampling) How would you characterize your mood or impulse of the last instant....? 3 happy 2 neutral 1 sad Summation: average of 21 scores.
Author's labelAffectivity
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ego-Strengthshow  Independent
Ego-Strengthshow  Scores on symptom inventories, also classified as above ↑
Frequency of thinking about religionshow  Concern about religion
Frequency of thinking about sexshow  Concern about sex
Moodshow  A-ARE by A-ARE
Neuroticismshow  Scores on symptom inventories
Religious proclivityshow  Concern about religion
Self-serving and other-serving orientationshow  Egoistic
Thinking about othersshow  Self-conscious
Thinking about something other than situation at handshow  Mental handicap
Time orientationshow  Temporal orientation