Day Reconstruction Method

Short Description: Experiential measures of subjective well-being assess affective reactions over time, either by sampling experiences as they happen or by retrospectively recreating experiences soon after they occur. In this module, respondents reconstruct a full day, describing what they did, who they were with, and how they felt throughout the day.

Methodological Details: For the DRM portion of the survey, the participants were first asked to reconstruct their previous day by breaking it up into episodes. For each episode they specified starting and ending times, what they were doing, and whether the episode was pleasant or not pleasant. From this pool of episodes, three were randomly selected for detailed assessment. In particular, participants rated where they were (at home, at work, or somewhere else), who they were with, and how they felt. For the three selected episodes, participants rated how strongly they experienced each of the following on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 7 (very much): happiness, anger, frustration, fatigue, mourning, worries, pain, enthusiasm, satisfaction, boredom, loneliness, stress, and a deeper meaning.







Richard E. Lucas, Michigan State University [E-Mail]




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