Internal consistency, reliability, and temporal stability of the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire Short-Form: Test-retest data over two weeks

Sharon Mary Cruise1, Christopher Alan Lewis1, Conor McGuckin2
1University of Ulster at Magee College
2Dublin Business School of Arts
Cite this article:  Cruise, S., Lewis, C., & McGuckin, C. (2006). Internal consistency, reliability, and temporal stability of the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire Short-Form: Test-retest data over two weeks. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34, 123-126.

Volume 34 Issue 2 | e1463 | Published: March 2006 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.2.123

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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 2 occasions separated by 2 weeks. Internal consistency of the measure was satisfactory at both Time 1 (α = .62) and Time 2 (α = .58). Stability across the 2 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.
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