Findings on happiness in Dittmann & Goebel (2010): study DE 2000 /1

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, followed 7 years 2000-2006
Last assesment2006
Survey nameDE-SOEP 2000-2006
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =22000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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 publication498, 503
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Close contacts with neighborsS06abCurrent contacts
Close contacts with neighborsL17ab01bLocal social contacts, also classified as above ↑
External locus of controlP05bpInner locus of control
Fear of local crimeL17ac03Perceived safety in community
Neighborhood statusL12aaDevelopment of local economy
Neighborhood statusL17ab04Local socio-economic status, also classified as above ↑
NeuroticismH13ac05cNeurotic (f48), also classified as above ↑
Openness of personalityP05cdOpen
Positive status differenceI01ae02Relative to neighborhood
Removal rateL11aa01Local inflow/outflow of residents
Removal rateL17ab01Local social cohesion, also classified as above ↑
StatusI01ae02Relative to neighborhood
UrbanizationL11ab04Local population density
Visits to/from neighborsS06abCurrent contacts
Visits to/from neighborsL17ab01bLocal social contacts, also classified as above ↑