Convergent validity of the depression-happiness scale with the bradburn affect balance scale

Christopher Alan Lewis, Paddy McCollam, Stephen Joseph

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The aim of the present paper is to provide further evidence for the convergent validity of one such measure, the Depression-Happiness Scale (McGreal & Joseph, 1993; Joseph & Lewis, 1998). The Affect Balance Scale (Bradburn, 1969), a measure which is very well established in the subjective well-being literature, which contains measures of both positive and negative affect, was administered alongside the Depression-Happiness Scale to 67 undergraduate students. As predicted, higher scores on the Depression-Happiness Scale, indicating a higher frequency of positive feelings and a lower frequency of negative feelings, were significantly associated with higher scores on the Affect Balance Scale and the Affect Positive Scale and also with lower scores on the Affect Negative Scale. These data provide further evidence of the convergent validity of the Depression-Happiness Scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-584
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Convergent validity
  • Negative affect
  • Positive affect
  • Subjective well-being
  • The affect balance scale
  • The depression-happiness scale


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