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The Bradburn Affect Balance Scale is a ten-item additive measure of positive and negative dimensions of happiness and balance between these two dimensions. Questions are asked on a yes/no basis.

Data File: Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

Source: Bradburn, Norman M. 1969. The structure of psychological well-being. Chicago, IL: Aldine Publishing Company.


General Instructions:

Questions BAB1, BAB3, BAB5, BAB7, and BAB9 measure positive affect. Questions BAB2, BAB4, BAB6, BAB8, and BAB10 measure negative affect. For each "yes" answer, participants receive 1 point. The overall "balance" score is created by subtracting the negative affect score from the positive affect score.

Link to scoring instructions:

http://fetzer.org/sites/default/files/images/stories/pdf/selfmeasures/SATISFACTION-BradburnScaleofPsychologicWell-Being.pdf

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


BAB1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- particularly excited or interested in something? (BAB1)
TOTAL%
0) No23011.3
1) Yes1,80488.7
TOTAL2034100.0

BAB2 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- so restless that you couldnt sit long in a chair? (BAB2)
TOTAL%
0) No94946.9
1) Yes1,07553.1
TOTAL2024100.0

BAB3 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? (BAB3)
TOTAL%
0) No38419.0
1) Yes1,63481.0
TOTAL2018100.0

BAB4 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- very lonely or remote from other people? (BAB4)
TOTAL%
0) No1,27863.1
1) Yes74736.9
TOTAL2025100.0

BAB5 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- pleased about having accomplished something? (BAB5)
TOTAL%
0) No20910.3
1) Yes1,82589.7
TOTAL2034100.0

BAB6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- bored? (BAB6)
TOTAL%
0) No1,00649.6
1) Yes1,02350.4
TOTAL2029100.0

BAB7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- on top of the world? (BAB7)
TOTAL%
0) No1,06553.0
1) Yes94447.0
TOTAL2009100.0

BAB8 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- depressed or very unhappy? (BAB8)
TOTAL%
0) No1,18158.4
1) Yes84041.6
TOTAL2021100.0

BAB9 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- felt that things were really going your way? (BAB9)
TOTAL%
0) No69534.8
1) Yes1,30065.2
TOTAL1995100.0

BAB10 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) During the past few weeks, did you ever feel -- upset because someone criticized you? (BAB10)
TOTAL%
0) No1,42770.4
1) Yes59929.6
TOTAL2026100.0



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