Findings on happiness in Pearson-Scott (1978): study US NorthCarolina 1976

Publication
Author(s)Pearson-Scott, J.
TitleSingle Rural Elders. A Comparison of Dimensions of Life Satisfaction.
SourceAlternative Lifestyles, 1978, Vol. 2, 369 - 378
URLhttp://www.springerlink.com/content/jn2271u18283w726/fulltext.pdf
Investigation
Public65+ aged rural area, United States, 1976-77
Collect periodSpring 1976 to earl
Last assesment1977
Survey nameNot available
 not mentioned
SampleProbability cluster sample
 Original sample N= 418; Single N=30; married N=214; widowed N=163. The divorced N=1,9 % and separated N= 0,7% were omitted from the statistical analyses of small cell frequencies
Respondents N =407
 Every person 65 years or older living within the sampled areas was interviewed
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 trained interviewers; 99-item questionnaire, orally administered to the participants
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Author's labelExpressed Unhappiness
Page in publication369
RemarksN=390
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Mean2.217.25
Standard deviation0.771.99

Scores in123
%21.037.042.0

Full textSelfreport on single question: Lead item not reported. [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] worst possible life Name: Cantril's self anchoring Ladder rating of life (modified version)
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-10-a
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication366
RemarksN=321 Rated on a 4-point scale: 4 (Best possible life): N= 80; 3: N=158; 2 :N=55; 1 (lowest): N=28
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Marital statusM02aa01Married vs never married
Marital statusM02aa02Married vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab01aVs widowed, also classified as above ↑