Findings on happiness in Schnitzlein & Wunder (2014): study DE 1984

Author(s)Schnitzlein, D.D.; Wunder, C.
TitleAre we architects of our own happiness? The Importance of Family Background for Well-being.
SourceSoep Paper, 2014, No. 700, Bonn, Germany
DOIdoi: org/10.2139/ssrn.2529978
Public12+ aged, siblings, West Germany, followed 26 years,1984-2010,
Last assesment2010
Survey nameDE-SOEP 1984-2009
 Pooles samples
SampleProbability area sample
Respondents N =7398
 Number of families.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
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
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication11
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Siblings happinessH08ac04Happiness of sibblings
Siblings happinessF01af02dHappiness of siblings, also classified as above ↑
Siblings sexF01ab04Gender of sibblings