Findings on happiness in Ehrhardt et al. (2000): study XZ Germany West 1984

Publication
Author(s)Ehrhardt, J.; Saris, W.E.; Veenhoven, R.
TitleStability of Life-Satisfaction over Time. Analysis of Change in Ranks in National Population.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2000, Vol. 1, 177 - 205
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1765/8851
DOIDOI:10.1023/A:1010084410679
Investigation
Public18+ aged general public West-Germany, followed 10 years, 1984-1994
Last assesment1994
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 Respondents who responded in all 11 surveys 1984-1994
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =5483
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
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication5
Remarksinterval T1-T2 Mean = 7.54 SD = 2.06 interval T2-T3 Mean = 7.33 SD = 2.01 interval T3-T4 Mean = 7.33 SD = 1.90 interval T4-T5 Mean = 7.18 SD = 1.89 interval T5-T6 Mean = 7.11 SD = 1.89 interval T6-T7 Mean = 7.10 SD = 1.90 T7 Mean = 7.24 SD = 1.79
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean7.26
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Overtime correlations of life-satisfaction total sampleA04aa01Ageing
Overtime correlations of life-satisfaction total sampleH05HAPPINESS: DISPERSION OF HAPPINESS, also classified as above ↑
Overtime correlations of life-satisfaction total sampleI06ab04Repeated questioning over time, also classified as above ↑
Overtime correlations of life-satisfaction total sampleE03ab01aTrend in general public, also classified as above ↑
Overtime correlations of life-satisfaction total sampleE03ac01Trend inequality of happiness in era, also classified as above ↑
stabillity of life satisfaction over timeH04ab01cLong term happiness (< 10 years ago)