Findings on happiness in Bowling (2007): study GB 2006

Author(s)Bowling, A.P.
TitleQuality of Life in older Age.
SourceMollenkopf, H.;Ed.:"International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives", Springer, Dordrecht, 2007, Netherlands, 15 - 30
Public65+ aged, general public, United Kingdom, 2006
Collect period2006
Survey nameNot available
 National Interview Survey of QOL in Older Age in Britain
SampleProbability systematic sample
 The sample of people aged 65+ was derived from 4 quarterly Office for National Statistics (ONS) Omnibus Surveys.
Respondents N =1299
 Further in-depth interviews about QOL were carried out 12-18 months later with a subsmple of 80 of the 999 participants in the QOL Survey. They were purposely sampled, using a quota matrix based on respondents' sociodemographic characteristics and health status, QOL ratings, and region and residence. 48% (480) were female and 52% male (519). 62% (624) were aged 65-74, 38% were aged >=75. 98% (983) were white.
Non Response23%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Respondents were interviewed at home
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question .. quality of life (full text not reported) 7 could not be better 6 very good 5 good 4 alright 3 bad 2 very bad 1 could not be worse
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication18,19
RemarksMean estimated by WDH-team on basis on Fig. 1 and partial distribution given on p.19: 4% of males and 6% of females rated their QOL as 'so good it could not be better' (7); 78% of males and 70% of females labeled it as 'very good' (6) or 'good' (5); the remainder rated it as 'alright', 'bad', 'very bad', or 'so bad it could not be worse'.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.971.61

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