Findings on happiness in Ferriss (2002): study US 1972

Author(s)Ferriss, A.L.
TitleReligion and the Quality of Life.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2002, Vol. 3, 199 - 215
Public18 + aged, general public, United States, 1972-1996
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Survey 1972-1996: Cumulative File and b) the 1996 GSS: The General Social Survey (Davies and Smith, 1996)
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =34706
Non Response0,7%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelGeneral Happiness
Page in publication205
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.631.65

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Belief in the HereafterR10ab04Specific beliefs
Denominal preferenceR10acCurrent religious denomination
Frequency of attending religious servicesR10ad02Participation in church
Frequency of prayingR10ad03Praying
Religious DoctrineR10afAttitudes to religion
World is good (vs evil)R10ab04Specific beliefs