Findings on happiness in Evans & Kelley (2002): study AU 1984

Author(s)Evans, M.D.; Kelley, J.
TitleFamily and Community Influences on Life Satisfaction.
SourceReport Melbourne Institute, 2002, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 1984-2001
Last assesment2001
Survey nameAU-National Social Scien
 Assumed is that with 'International Social Science Surveys/Australia' in the text of the publication is meant Australian 'National Social Science Survey'
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Sample drawn from electoral roll
Respondents N =26009
 Analysis with geographical data only with recent surveys leaving 8616 cases.
Non Response35-40%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Preliminary letter announcing the survey, followed by the posted questionnaire and if necessary 4 follow-up maillings.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "How satisfied do you feel about your life as a whole...?" 8 delighted 7 very pleased 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed feelings 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible
Author's labelSubjective well-being, life satisfaction
Page in publication20,23,24
RemarksDistribution based on equal interval scoring
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 8On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.301.85

Scores in12345678

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Charity workH18ab02Charity
Charity workS11abCurrent support behavior, also classified as above ↑
Charity workA02ac15cVoluntary work, helping people, also classified as above ↑
Church attendance (ln)R12ad02Participation in church
DivorcedM02ab03Divorced or separated
EarningsI01ab01Personal income
EducationE01ab01Years schooling
Family income (ln)I01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Family sizeF02abFamily composition
Family sizeH20ab03Number of persons in household, also classified as above ↑
Father's statusF01agSocio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young)
Hours workedE02ad02Hours work
Labour force participationE02abCurrent employment status
MaleG01aaSex (male vs female)
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
MarriedM02adRemarried, also classified as above ↑
MarriedM02ab01fVs co-habiting, also classified as above ↑
MigrantM07aa01Ever migrated or not
Number of offspringC03ab01Number of children
Number of siblingsF01ab01Number of siblings
Occupational statusS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
Parent divorcedF01ab02Number of parents (broken home)
Parent's educationF01ag01Parents education
Quality of marriageM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Religious denominationR12ab01Religious (vs not)
Spouse in labour forceM04ab03bEmployment of spouse
Spouse in labour forceE02af01Part-time working of house-wives, also classified as above ↑
Spouse in labour forceM04acWork conditions of spouse, also classified as above ↑
UnemploymentE02ab03Unemployed involuntary