INTERNAL CONSISTENCY, RELIABILITY, AND TEMPORAL STABILITY OF THE OXFORD HAPPINESS QUESTIONNAIRE SHORT-FORM: TEST-RETEST DATA OVER TWO WEEKS

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Abstract:

The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire short-form (Hills & Argyle, 2002) is an 8-item measure of happiness. This study evaluated the internal consistency reliability and test-retest reliability of the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire short-form among 55 Northern Irish undergraduate university students who completed the measure on two occasions separated by two weeks. Internal consistency of the measure was satisfactory at both Time 1 (alpha = .62) and Time 2 (alpha = .58). Stability across the two administrations was satisfactory (r = .69), and there was no significant change between Time 1 (M = 34.5, SD = 5.4) and Time 2 (M = 34.6, SD = 5.2). These data support the internal consistency reliability and short-term test-retest reliability of the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire short-form.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.2.123

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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