Findings on happiness in Perneger et al. (2004): study CH 1998

Publication
Author(s)Perneger, T.V.; Bovier, P.A.; Hudelson, P.M.
TitleHealth and Happines in Young Swiss Adults.
SourceQuality of Life Research, 2004, Vol. 13, 171 - 178
DOIDOI:10.1023/B:QURE.0000015314.97546.60
Investigation
PublicUniversity students, Switzerland, 1998.
 age: range=18-56; M=26.3, SD=5.6
Collect periodwinter
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Participants were randomly selected students who had been enrolled in University of Geneva, Switzerland for at least two semesters.
Respondents N =1257
Non Response36%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: During the past 4 weeks….. Have you been a happy person? 5 all of the time 4 most of the time 3 some of the time 2 a little of the time 1 none of the time Item MH5 in SF-36 (Medical Outcome Study 36 item Short Form) version 2 (5-step rating scale)
ClassificationM-TH-cm-sq-v-5-a
Author's labelSelf-perceived happiness
Page in publication172-173
RemarksAnalysis based on dichotomy 'happy' (score 5 or 4) vs. 'not happy' (score 3, 2, or 1) 63% happy 27% unhappy
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean3.616.53
Standard deviation0.852.14

Scores in12345
%1.39.925.651.910.7

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Age (years)A04abCurrent age (in years)
Consulted other doctor in past yearH17ab01Visits to doctor
Consulted psychiatrist or psychologist in past yearH16ab01Being in treatment for mental disorder (vs not)
Housing problemsH22ae01Concern about housing
I get love and affectionI07ab05Perceived sufficiency of intimate contacts
Live-in partnerH20ab01Living alone or not
Mental healthH13abCurrent general mental health
Money problemsI01acSufficiency of current income
NationalityN10aa01Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Physical healthH14abCurrent general health status
Practices sports once per week or more oftenS12ab01aActive involvement in sports
Self esteemS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Smokes cigarettesS13ab08Use of tobacco
Social supportS10ab01Amount of current support received
StressP14ab01Amount of problems perceived
Unwanted sexual experienceS03aa01Earlier sex-life