Findings on happiness in Michalski (2001): study CA 2000

Publication
Author(s)Michalski, J.H.
TitleAsking Citizens what Matters for Quality of Life in Canada.
SourceCanadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), 2001, Canada
URLhttp://www.cprn.org/documents/18198_en.PDF
Investigation
PublicParticipants focus groups, Canada, 2000
 Members dialogue groups on quality of life in Canada. Composition of participants. 51% male, 49% female; average age 43 (skewed to older end), 50% married, 16% divorced, 31% never married, remaining participants widowed. Average householdsizes mirrors those of general Canadian population: 2,7. Roughly 21% lives alone, 25% as couples, 38% in nuclear families with two parents plus one or more children, 8% lone-parent families.78% has English as first language, 13% French and 1,5% German.
Collect periodOctober
Survey nameNot available
 Canadian QOL-study 2000 by Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 40 groups; quasi-random sampling for 20 groups. Purposive sampling for the other 20: 3 comprised of high-school students, 5 with 'hard-to-reach' citizens, including individuals with low income, disabilities, or precarious housing situations, 7 with 'influential' participants like decision-makers, heads of organizations, elected officials and other groups located in rural areas.
Respondents N =346
 8.7 participants per group.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Participants completed questionnairs prior and following the discussions.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Overall satisfaction with…... your life as a whole (full question not reported) 4 very satisfied 3 somewhat satisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 1 very dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-?-sq-v-4-c
Author's labelSatisfaction with Life as a whole
Page in publication50
RemarksComposition of participants. 51% male, 49% female; average age 43 (skewed to older end), 50% married, 16% divorced, 31% never married, remaining participants widowed. Average householdsizes mirrors those of general Canadian population: 2,7. Roughly 21% lives alone, 25% as couples, 38% in nuclear families with two parents plus one or more children, 8% lone-parent families.78% has English as first language, 13% French and 1,5% German.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean3.127.06
Standard deviation0.721.96

Scores in1234
%2.015.052.031.0