Findings on happiness in Moller (2007a): study ZA 2002

Author(s)Moller, V.
TitleSatisfied and Dissatisfied South Africans: Results From The General Household Survey in the International Comparison.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2007, Vol. 81, 389 - 415
PublicAdults, general public, South Africa, 2002
Survey nameNot available
 South African General Household Survey
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =26000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Interviews in language of choice of respondent
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life in general? 10 completely satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication395
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation3.113.11

Scores in012345678910

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
About futureP05ceOptimistic
AgeA04ab01Young versus old
Cannot read or writeE01ab04Literacy
EducationE01aaDevelopment of one's education
EducationL08aaEarlier life (antecedents of happiness), also classified as above ↑
EducationS01ad02School-type, also classified as above ↑
EthnicityE04ab03oEthnic status in South Africa
Five rooms or moreH22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Go hungryI01ac01`objective` poverty
Household incomeI01acSufficiency of current income
Interrupted/Uninterrupted water supplyL12ab04aqWater supply in vinicity
Kind of dwellingH22ab03aQuality of house
Language of interviewL01abCurrent language
Language of interviewE04ab03oEthnic status in South Africa, also classified as above ↑
Mail deliveryL12ab04agMail delivery in vinicity
Main electricity supplyL12ab04adElectricity supply in vinicity
Main electricity supplyH22ab03Quality of current dwelling, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02aa03Married vs divorced
Medical aid beneficiaryI01ad03cWelfare
Monthly household expenditureI01ab03Household income
OwnershipP12abCurrent possessions
Public safetyL17ab02bSatisfaction with safety in vinicity
Removal of rubbishL12ab04aeGarbage collection in vinicity
Rent-free housingH22ab01bKind of ownership
Rent-free housingI01adSource of current income, also classified as above ↑
Resident of KwaZulu -NatalR01ab21Region in South Africa
Roof conditionH22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Safety in neighbourhoodL17ac03Perceived safety in vinicity
Social grantsI01acSufficiency of current income
Social welfare servicesL12ac02aSatisfaction with amenities in vinicity
Social welfare servicesX01UNCLASSIFIED, also classified as above ↑
Social worker services in the pastH16aa01Earlier psychological treatments
Social worker services in the pastS10aa01Earlier support received, also classified as above ↑
Social worker services in the pastH17ai02Satisfaction with health-services, also classified as above ↑
Social worker services in the pastC10ab04eServices, also classified as above ↑
Spouse in householdH20ab01Living alone or not
ToiletH22ab03aQuality of house
Toilet in dwelling 1H22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Toilet in dwelling 1L12ab04alSewage in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Toilet in dwelling 2H22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Toilet in dwelling 2L12ab04alSewage in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Unemployed (ext. definition, incl. disc. WorkseeekersE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
Unemployment (offical definition)E02ab03Unemployed involuntary
Usage of drinking waterL12ab04aqWater supply in vinicity
Walking at nightL17ac03Perceived safety in vinicity
Water supplyL12ab04aqWater supply in vinicity