Findings on happiness in Rent & Rent (1978): study US SouthCarolina 1973

Author(s)Rent, G.S.; Rent, C.S.
TitleLow-Income Housing: Factors Related to Residential Satisfaction.
SourceEnvironment and Behavior, 1978, Vol.10, 459 - 488
PublicLow-income households, South Carolina, USA 197?
 People subsidized by federal, state of municipal governement bodies
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameUnnamed study
 33 different low income housing projects in 10 counties in South Carolina selected through the cooperation of the various U.S. Department of Agriculture County Extension Offices. single and multiple family dwellings, Only projects which were identified as either all black or racially mixed were included. All-white projects were excluded.
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =257
 96% of respondents were women: deliberate choice of researchers stemmed from the belief that the woman of the household might better be able to assess the family's relationship to their residence 97% of the respondents were black people : due to the fact that they are disproportionately represented in the lower income group
Non Response50%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Interviewers were blacks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question 'general life satisfaction' (text not reported) 3 completely satisfied 2 pretty satisfied 1 not satisfied
Author's labelGeneral Life Satisfaction
Page in publication481
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.802.72

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Housing Unit SatisfactionH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Neighborhood SatisfactionL14acAttitudes to livability of local environment
Neighborhood SatisfactionL13acAttitudes to local geographical conditions, also classified as above ↑