Findings on happiness in Cornelisse-Vermaat (2005): study NL 2001

Author(s)Cornelisse-Vermaat, J.R.
TitleHousehold Production, Health and Happiness. A Comparison of the Native Dutch and Non-Western Immigrants in the Netherlands.
SourcePhD Thesis, University of Wageningen, 2005, Netherlands
Public18+ aged, general public, The Netherlands, 2001
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =2551
 Native Dutch: 701; Migrants: Surinames/Antillean: 701; Maroccan: 449; Turks: 700
Non Response76,6%
 The Maroccans appeared to be the most difficult group to contact.
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelSelf-reported happiness
Page in publication134
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Ethnic groupsE04ab03lEthnic status in the Netherlands
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
HomeownershipH22ab01aHouse owned or rented
Household and caretimeH21ab01aTime spend on household-work
Household IncomeI01ab03Household income
Living in urban areaL14ab02bRural vs urban dwelling
Marital status/having childrenM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Outsourcing ExpendituresH21ab02bHousehold help
Religious affiliationR10adCurrent religious practices
Self-reported healthH14ab02Self-perceived health
SmokingS13ab08Use of tobacco
UnemploymentE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
Working hoursE02ad02Hours work
Working hoursT01ad08Time spent on work and care, also classified as above ↑