World Database of Happiness, Introduction to Bibliography
This bibliography involves a detailed subject classification as well. The classification was developed in the context of the afore-mentioned review study in 1984 (Conditions of Happiness). It has been extended and refined since then, for the purpose of planned future reviews. The subject classification consists of 17 main categories. See table 7.Within each of these subject categories further differentiations are made. These sub-classifications are presented separately.
All the publications in this bibliography were collated in and inspected. The first author coded main and side-subjects by means of the above subject classification.
Any classification involves an emphasis on some aspects at the expense of others. This
classification is no exeption. Its emphasis is on conditions that favour a positive
appreciation of life, rather than on the processes involved. Process theories are
enumerated in section 4 of the classification, but do not figure as a classification
criterion. Consequently, this bibliography does not pave the way for the investigator who
wants to review the evidence for a particular proces theory in different situations.
A second limitation is implied in the gradual development of this classification. The last entered studies were classified by means of a more fine-grained system than the first ones. Most of the early studies have been re-classified recently, but not all.
A third limitation is in the coding. The problem here is that it is of little use to enumerate any remark on any subject. Only 'major' contributions must be mentioned: either exhaustive treatments of some issue or unique views. However, it is not easy to decide what is important and what is trivial. Inevitably, such judgments are influenced by the coders orientation and alertness. No doubt, this has resulted in many arbitrary classifications and in serious omissions.
number of studies that deal with this subject
as main subject
as side subject
|0 Study of happiness||72||18|
|2 Measurability of happiness||85||40|
|3 Indicators of happiness||192||60|
|4 Theory of Happiness||361||233|
|5 Happiness and Society||338||83|
|6 Happiness and Social Status||546||163|
|7 Happiness and Initimate ties||449||125|
|8 Happiness and Personal Resources||453||124|
|9 Happiness and Lifestyle||101||27|
|10 Happiness and Goals/aspirations||43||32|
|11 Happiness and Values/attitudes||96||37|
|12 Happiness and Appreciations||141||66|
|13 Happiness and Life-history||128||58|
|14 Happiness and Age-groups||40||661|
|15 Sociology of Happiness-ideas||220||78|
|16 Philosophy of Happiness||44||12|
|17 Happiness Trainings|
|18 Special studies of Happiness||100||560|