Findings on happiness in Michalos et al. (2001): study CA British Columbia 1999

Publication
Author(s)Michalos, A.C.; Hemingway, D.; Hubley, A.M.; Zumbo, B.D.
TitleHealth and Other Aspects of the Quality of Life of Older People.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2001, Vol. 54, 239 - 274
DOIDOI: 10.1023/A:1011045307643
Investigation
Public55-95 aged, Northern Interior Health Region, British Columbia, Canada, 1999
Collect period9
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Questionnaires were inserted in newspaper for seniors, given to all main senor's organizations/facilities and independent senior's housing units
Respondents N =875
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 7 completely satisfied 6 quite satisfied 5 somewhat satisfied 4 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 3 somewhat dissatisfied 2 quite dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-v-7-g
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication247
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.70
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: Here are some features of people’s lives affecting them today. Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them.... How satisfied are you with your overall quality of life? 1 very dissatisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 3 a little dissatisfied 4 about evenly balanced 5 a little satisfied 6 somewhat satisfied 7 very satisfied
ClassificationO-QLS-c-sq-v-7-b
Author's labelOverall quality of life
Page in publication247
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.50
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: Considering your life as a whole, how happy would you say you are? 1 very unhappy 2 somewhat unhappy 3 a little unhappy 4 evenly balanced 5 a little happy 6 somewhat happy 7 very happy
ClassificationO-HL-u-sq-v-7-f
Author's labelOverall happiness
Page in publication247
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.60
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
% income spent on housing costsH22acCost of housing
% income spent on housing costsC10ab03fHousing, also classified as above ↑
% income spent on housing costsI01ac01`objective` poverty, also classified as above ↑
Accomplishing in life nowL07ac04Satisfaction with goal-achievement
Crime related worriesV06ad01Perceived chance of becoming victim
Crime related worriesL17ac03Perceived safety in community, also classified as above ↑
Crime related worriesW07ab02Specific worries , also classified as above ↑
Difficulties with housing costsC09ab02cConcern about spending
Difficulties with housing costsH22acCost of housing, also classified as above ↑
Difficulties with housing costsP14abCurrent problems, also classified as above ↑
Difficulties with housing costsI01af01bWorrying about money, also classified as above ↑
Family relationsF03ac03Satisfaction with close adult relatives
Family relationsF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life , also classified as above ↑
FriendshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
General HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health
Government planningL15ac02Attitudes to local political issues
HealthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Ideal age preferenceA04af01cSatisfaction with age
Living areaL16acAttitudes to local environment
Living areaM09acAttitudes to residential mobility, also classified as above ↑
Local government officialsL15ac01Attitudes to local government
Mental HealthA03ab03Hedonic tone in affect
Mental HealthH13ab02bScores on symptom inventories, also classified as above ↑
NeighbourhoodL12ac02aSatisfaction with local facilities
NeighbourhoodL17ab02bSatisfaction with safety in community, also classified as above ↑
Opportunities to socializeS08ac02Satisfaction with social participation
Personal Fair Treatment IndexE04ab01bPersonal experience of ethnic discrimination
Personal Fair Treatment IndexL17ac02Trust in local society, also classified as above ↑
Personal worriesA04af01Attitudes to one's own age
Personal worriesW07abCurrent worries, also classified as above ↑
Personal worriesP05bpInner locus of control, also classified as above ↑
Personal worriesS02ag01aSelf perceived recognition, also classified as above ↑
Physical age identity: looking oldA04af01bAge identification
Physical age identity: looking oldA04af01Attitudes to one's own age, also classified as above ↑
Physical Functioning limitationsH14ac02eRestrictions to physical functioning
Present ageA04af01cSatisfaction with age
Recreational opportunitiesL12ac02acSatisfaction with local recreation
Religion/spiritual fulfillmentR10af03Satisfaction with religion
Retaill store accessC10adAttitudes to consumption
Retaill store accessL12ac02aSatisfaction with local facilities, also classified as above ↑
Self-esteemS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self
Social age identityA04af01bAge identification
Social FunctioningH14ac01Degree of restriction
Social FunctioningH13ab02bScores on symptom inventories, also classified as above ↑
Social Support IndexI07abCurrent intimate relationships
Social Support IndexS10ab02Sources of current support, also classified as above ↑
VitalityP05acActive
VitalityH13adCurrent positive mental health, also classified as above ↑
VitalityM15ac06Feeling energetic (vs lethargic, tired), also classified as above ↑
Worries/getting aroundL12ac02aSatisfaction with local facilities
Worries/getting aroundW07ab02Specific worries , also classified as above ↑