ERIC Number: EJ792488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Different Happiness Rating Scales: Bias and Comparison Problem?
Social Indicators Research, v87 n2 p259-267 Jun 2008
This paper uses data of reported happiness which is measured at 4, 5, 7 and 11 likert-scale points. A group of 137 respondents was selected to study the comparison problem on the estimated mean happiness using direct rescaling. It is found that the 11-point scale's estimated mean happiness is significantly higher than the 4 and 7-point scale. This paper also proposes an alternate method of rescaling using transition probabilities as weights. This adjusted rescaling resembles the calculation of expected value and provides better mean comparison.
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Probability, Psychological Patterns, Social Indicators, Evaluation Methods
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