Findings on happiness in Headey & Wearing (1992): study AU AU Victoria 1981

Publication
Author(s)Headey, B.; Wearing, A.J.
TitleUnderstanding Happiness: A Theory of Subjective Well-Being.
SourceLongman Cheshire, 1992, Melbourne, Australia
URLHTTP://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl/hap_bib/freetexts/headey_b_1992.pdf
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, 1981-1989
Last assesment1989
 T1: 1981, T2: 1989
Survey nameNot available
 Victoria Quality of Life Survey (1989) Most of the data on happiness reported in this book are not included in this excerpt. The 'life-satisfaction index' that is used gives equal weight to satisfaction with life-as-a-whole and life-fullfillment an
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =502
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "Generally speaking, how (much) do you feel happy? What score do you give if we put ten for 'extremely happy, zero for extremely unhappy' and five for neither happy nor unhappy'?" 10 extremely happy 9 8 7 6 5 neither happy nor unhappy 4 3 2 1 0 extremely unhappy
ClassificationM-FH-g-sq-n-11-a
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelf report on single question: Question on perception of quality of 'present life'. (Full lead item not reported) 20 best possible life . . . 0 worst possible life
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-21-a
Author's labelPerception of present life
Page in publication154
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
AnxietyP05afAnxious
AnxietyM14ac11Feeling secure (vs threatened), also classified as above ↑
BDI (Beck Depression Inventory)H13ac04aDepressive (f31-33)
GHQ (General Health Questionnaire)H13ab02bScores on symptom inventories
Negative affectM14abCurrent mood of the moment
Satisfaction with Life scale (SWLS)L04ahHappiness inventories involving unacceptable items