Findings on happiness in Erlandsson et al. (2010): study US 1989

Author(s)Erlandsson, L.; Björkelund, C.; Lissner, L.
TitleWomen’s Perceived Frequency of Disturbing Interruptions and Its Relationship to Self-Rated Health and Satisfaction with Life as a Whole.
SourceStress and Health, 2010, Vol. 26, 225 - 232
PublicSingle black mothers receiving child care, Ohio, United States, 1989
 Single black mothers, each with a three or four year old child, who were receiving subsidized child care through the country public welfare department in southern Ohio city, United States, 1989
Collect periodNovember and Decembe
Survey nameNot available
 Own survey
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =111
 - age: mean age was 27 years - 101 a high school diploma, 59 had some education beyond high school - worked time: 41.4 hr. a week on average - 61% indicated a preference to be employed; 39% indicated a preference to stay home - had two children on average - 52% of the focal children were boys and 48% were girls
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: … your life in general … (full question not reported) 9 best I could expect to have 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 worst I could expect to have
Page in publication29
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 9On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.23

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Gender of ChildC04ab02Gender of children
Mothers' EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Prefer WorkC06acAttitudes to parenting
Prefer WorkW05acCurrent motivation to work, also classified as above ↑
Working HoursW04ab17Work hours