Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1994c): study ZZ 1980

Publication
Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleIs Happiness a Trait? Test of the Theory that a Better Society does not Make People any Happier.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1994, Vol. 32, 101 - 160
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1765/16155
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF01078732
Investigation
PublicAdults, general public, 30 nations, 1980
 India, Greece, White Russia, Portugal, Korea (South), Mexico, Italy, Philippines, Hungary, Spain, Japan, Germany (West), Switzerland, South Africa, Luxemburg, Singapore, Brazil, France, Finland, Norway, USA, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, North Ireland, Britain, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Iceland.
 around 1980
Survey nameNot available
 Data on happiness drawn from this World Database of Happiness
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Non probality sample of nations, Probability samples within nations
Respondents N =30
 30 nations, about 30.000 respondents
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 mostly
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question Various items using the term happiness Responses transformed to common 0 to 10 scale Scores on verbal response scales transformed using Thurstone's technique of expert weighing Scores on numerical scales shorter than 11 step transformed by linear stretching
ClassificationO-HL---sq-nt-11-b
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean7.04
Standard deviation0.70


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
EducationN04ab13abPublic education in nation
Freedom of pressN14ab02baFreedom of press
Media attendenceN02ab03bMedia attendance
Political democracyN12ab04Political democracy in nation
Real income per capitaN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
Social securityN04ab13aState welfare effort in nation
Women's emancipationN14ab01cGender inequality (women emancipation)