Findings on happiness in Dittmann & Goebel (2010): study DE 2004

Author(s)Dittmann, J.; Goebel, J.
TitleYour House, Your Car, Your Education: The Socioeconomic Situation of the Neighborhood and its Impact on Life Satisfaction in Germany.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2010, Vol. 96, 497 - 513
Public17+ aged, general public, Germany, 2004
Survey nameDE-SOEP 2004
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =22012
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Face-to-face interviews and statistical data on neighbourhoods
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied." 10 totally satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 totally unsatisfied
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication503
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age and age squaredA04abCurrent age (in years)
Close contact with neighboursS06abCurrent contacts
Close contact with neighboursL17ab01cSocial contacts in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Divorced/seperated (vs married)M02aa03Married vs divorced
Divorced/seperated (vs married)M02aa04Married vs separated , also classified as above ↑
Education (years of education)E01ab01Years schooling
Fear of local crimeL17ac03Perceived safety in vinicity
Having childrenC03ab02Children in the household
Income (equivalent household income)I01ab03Household income
Mental healthH13ab02aOverall selfestimate of mental health
Nationality: Not GermanM07aa01Ever migrated or not
Nationality: Not GermanN10acForeign nationalities in nation, also classified as above ↑
Neighbourhood characteristic: People moving outL11aa01In/outflow of residents in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: People moving outL17ab01Local social cohesion, also classified as above ↑
Neighbourhood statusL12ab05cIncome level in vinicity
Personality: AgreeablenessP05adAgreeable
Personality: ConscientiousP05aoConscientious
Personality: External locus of controlP05bpInner locus of control
Personality: ExtraversionP05azExtraverted
Personality: Internal locus of controlP05bpInner locus of control
Personality: NeuroticismP05ccNeurotic
Personality: OpennessP05cdOpen
Physical healthH14ac01Degree of restriction
Relative status compared to others in neighbourhoodI01ae02Relative to neighborhood
Sex: maleG01aaSex (male vs female)
Single (vs married)M02aa01Married vs never married
Subjective health stateH14ab02Self-perceived health
UrbanizationL13ac02Attitude to local natural environment
Visit to/from neighboursL17ab01cSocial contacts in vinicity
Visit to/from neighboursF06ac06Visits to friends, also classified as above ↑
Widowed (vs married)M02aa02Married vs widowed