Findings on happiness in Pierce & Clark (1973): study US 1962

Publication
Author(s)Pierce, R.C.; Clark, M.M.
TitleMeasurement of Morale in the Elderly.
SourceInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development, 1973, Vol. 4, 83 - 101
Investigation
Public60+ aged, psychiatric cases and controls, San Fransisco, USA, 1962
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Community subjects: Probability sample stratified by age, sex, and social living arrangement (N = 264). Hospital subjects : Non-probability chunk sample of persons admitted to a psychiatric hospital during 1959 (N = 171); 90 discharge, 81 inpatients. Both samples were surivors from the L÷wenthal (1964) sample of elderly San Fransisco residents. 206 males, 229 females; age 60+.
Respondents N =435
Non Response62% dropouts after 2 interviews (2 years)
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksSame study also reported in LOWEN 1964 and CHIRI 1977, 1982.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All in all, how much happiness would you say you find in life today? 3 lots 2 some 1 almost none
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-m
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question : "In general, how would you say you feel most of the time, in good spirits or in low spirits....?" 1 low 2 both 3 good
ClassificationA-AOL-g-sq-v-3-b
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question : "On the whole, how satisfied would you say you are with your way of life today.......?" 3 very satisfied 2 fairly satisfied 1 not very satisfied
ClassificationO-SLL-c-sq-v-3-d
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Mental illnessH16ab01Being in treatment for mental disorder (vs not)
Mental illnessH13abCurrent general mental health , also classified as above ↑
Mental illnessH16ab04bIn mental hospital, also classified as above ↑