Findings on happiness in Headey (2008): study DE 1990

Author(s)Headey, B.
TitleLife Goals Matter to Happiness: A Revision of Set-Point Theory.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2008, Vol. 86, 213 - 231
Public16+ aged, general public, Germany, 1990-2004
Last assesment2004
 T1:1990; T2: 1995; T3: 2004.
Survey nameNot available
 German SocioEconomic Panel (GSOEP)
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Probability sample of households. All 16+ aged household members included.
Respondents N =3553
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Current priority for life-goalsL07abCurrent life-goals
Disposable household incomeI01ab03Household income
Earlier average priority for life-goalsL07aa01bObject of earlier goals
Earlier average priority for life-goalsL07ab08Object of life-goals, also classified as above ↑
Effect of current priorities & conditionsS15ab28Socio-demographic + health + life goals + personality
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Health disabilityH02abCurrent handicap
Locus of controlP05bpInner locus of control
NeuroticismH13ac05cNeurotic (f48)
PartnerH20ab01Living alone or not
PartnerM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states), also classified as above ↑
Past life-satisfaction at T1H04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Years of educationE01ab02Level of school-education