About the Measure

Domains Emotional Intelligence (mixed and trait), Mental health and wellbeing, Perceptions of Self
Key stages Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Mastery; Satisfaction; Vigour; Social interest
Description The Oxford Happiness inventory was originally designed for in-house research into happiness but has since been used more widely with different groups of adults and adolescents. Each of the 29 items has 4 statements with a corresponding letter. Participants should circle the letter of the statement that best describes them for each item.
Example I am not particularly optimistic about the future/I feel optimistic about the future/I feel I have so much to look forward to/I
Link http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886901002136

Implementation details

No. of items 29
Format Nominal
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 13-18
Cost single purchase Psychology of Ha
Cost per child -

Psychometric details

UK norms Yes
Cronbach's α .90-.92
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 7-factor orthogo
CFA 7-factor model
3 factor
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Significant associations with extraversion and neuroticism ( Eysenck Personality Questionnaire), r= [.48,.63] ; Self-esteem (Rosenberg scale), r= .66; Depression Happiness Scale, r= .79
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Hills, P., & Argyle, M. (2002). The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire: A compact scale for the measurement of psychological well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 33(7), 1073-1082. doi:10.1016/s0191-8869(01)00213-6
Meleddu, M., Guicciardi, M., Scalas, L. F., & Fadda, D. (2012). Validation of an Italian Version of the Oxford Happiness Inventory in Adolescence. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94(2), 175-185. doi:10.1080/00223891.2011.645931